Community and School Safety Forum in Oakland

Oakland Local

March 25, 2013


The Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in December has changed the ways in which many school districts, communities, and parents think about what makes kids safe at their schools. According to the Children’s Defense Fund of California, “school districts across California and the nation have responded to the rational fears of parents by deploying more police on school campuses.” Understandable, the 40-year-old successful nonprofit notes, but “While police are an important part of overall community safety, they are not the most effective means of keeping schools safe and can actually have a counterproductive effect.” What does work, then? With its ongoing research, and focus purely on improving the lives of children, the CDF would seem well qualified to educate the community and policymakers alike as to the most effective methods of keeping kids safe.
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