THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Keeping Our Schools Safe
June 13, 1998
Announcement: In his radio address to the nation, the President directed the Secretary of Education and the Attorney General to develop a guide to help teachers and principals identify and respond to the early warning signs of troubled youth that can lead to school violence. The guide will be made available to all schools nationwide when classes begin in the fall.
Helping Principals and Teachers Respond to the Early Warning Signs of Troubled Youth. In an ongoing effort to provide communities with the tools they need to keep their schools safe, the President called on the Secretary and the Attorney General to work with school and law enforcement officials to develop a guide on the early warning signs of troubled youth. The guide will:
Pushing Congress to Enact Comprehensive Juvenile Crime Legislation and Funding. Children need to be safe not only in their schools, but also in their communities. To this end, the President challenged Congress to pass his comprehensive youth violence bill, which would add prosecutors and probation officers, stiffen penalties, and bar violent juveniles from buying a gun for life. The President also urged Congress to fund his $95 million At-Risk Youth Initiative so communities can invest in truancy, after-school, and other prevention programs for our youth.
An Ongoing Effort to Improve the Safety of Our Schools:
Community Policing and School Safety. In March, the President announced $17.5 million for an innovative community policing program to reduce school crime. Annual Report on School Safety. At the President's directive, the Attorney General and Secretary of Education will issue an annual report that principals and parents can use to address their school crime problems. The report will include national school crime data, successful strategies to reduce school violence, and a local safety checklist for parents.