on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 pm
Mayor of Salt Lake City
The U.S. Conference
On September 24, 1998 the nation's mayors sponsored an historic National Summit on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 pm in Salt Lake City. In an emergency response to the recent spree of school shootings, an unparalleled group of concerned leaders came together for the first time to draft a National Action Plan. Participants included almost 60 members of The U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership, several mayors from communities which have recently experienced devastating school shootings, over 15 police chiefs, elected representatives from the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and the National Parent/Teachers Association, students, top health, parks, recreation and arts officials, representatives from the entertainment industry and news media, and other national experts on youth violence.
Attorney General Janet Reno recognized the importance of this National Summit and came to Salt Lake City to hear from the mayors and other national leaders, and to participate in the drafting of the National Action Plan.
In addition to the recent school shootings, the National Summit highlighted alarming statistics regarding youth violence in America's cities--in our schools, in our neighborhoods and in our families:
Prior to the National Summit, a call went out to all mayors requesting best practices on preventing school violence. The response was immediate and overwhelming. After meeting with local police and community leaders, over 125 mayors submitted in excess of 220 best practices. The resulting report, entitled Preventing School Violence: Best Practices of Mayors in Collaboration with the Police, Schools, and the Community, was developed with support from the COPS Office at the U.S. Department of Justice and released at the National Summit by the Conference of Mayors Best Practices Center.
During the Salt Lake City meeting, participants worked to develop our National Action Plan on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 pm which covers four critical areas: School Violence; Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 pm; Youth Violence and the News Media; and Youth Violence and the Entertainment Industry. The National Action Plan includes a call for:
On October 15, it was my honor to present this National Action Plan and the Best Practices report to President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Mrs. Clinton and a variety of distinguished participants in the White House Conference on School Safety. The National Action Plan was extremely well received by the President, who commended its comprehensive approach and credited the mayors' call for increased school counselors and the need to put arts, music, physical fitness and sports programs back in schools as a part of the curricula. The President also praised the Best Practices report as an important resource for mayors and others to learn what is already working in cities across the nation.
Following the White House Conference, participants in our National Summit in Salt Lake City were provided with an additional opportunity to refine the document, and it is my pleasure to present our final National Action Plan on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.
Our objective now is to actively pursue the implementation of the proposals contained in the document. Many of the action items can be implemented by mayors working within their own cities, but others require a partnership with the states, the federal government, the private sector and non-profit entities. The nation's mayors are committed to the work before us, and look to you for your assistance in moving this critical national agenda forward.