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Amid Threats Of Violence, Who’s Keeping San Diego School Children Safe?

Evening Edition

Above: San Diego Unified District Police Chief Reuben Littlejohn and Trish Hatch, the director of the School Counseling Program in San Diego State University's College of Education, talk to KPBS about school safety.

Aired 2/20/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

San Diego Unified District Police Chief Reuben Littlejohn

Trish Hatch, Ph.D. Director of the School Counseling Program in San Diego State University's College of Education.

Alfredo Aguirre, is County Director of Mental Health Services

Transcript

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary last December sent a shock wave through schools across the nation. Unfortunately it's one of a series of shocks schools have had to absorb involving incidents of deadly violence by troubled students with guns. KPBS television and radio have been broadcasting a series of programs this week examining the debates about violence in our schools.

Here in San Diego, shrinking budgets have forced schools to cut deep into non-teaching staff positions in recent years. That means many schools have been left without a full-time school counselors.

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Crolley40 | February 24, 2013 at 12:28 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Let district organized good parenting groups volunteer in school to offer needed advice and counseling to students in higher risks. Not just certified school counselors but academic advisors should play greater role in this arena of social & moral disciplines apart from academics and career path counsel so on. Ask them what is going on around their lives and be more interactive with them

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