Wednesday, May 5, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and Education Commissioner Mike Moses today announced the formation of The Attorney General's School Violence Prevention task force comprised of state lawmakers, educators, law enforcement officials, and parents. The task force is charged with creating a series of recommendations so local school officials and parents can recognize the warning signs before students become violent. Members will also discuss ways school officials can respond effectively when violent acts occur in Texas schools.
"I have formed the Attorney General's School Violence Prevention Task Force in cooperation with Mike Moses to bring together the best Texas resources in education and law enforcement," said Attorney General Cornyn. "Our challenge is not simply to have a crisis plan in place for every school district in Texas but to develop plans and programs that can prevent school violence," Cornyn added.
"I have included parents and community leaders on my task force because children shouldn't hear the anti-school violence message from educators and law enforcement officials alone. That message needs to also come from parents, neighbors and our churches," said Attorney General Cornyn.
"I hope the task force will not just concentrate on security measures. We need to look at ways families and schools, working together, can teach children right from wrong," said Education Commissioner Mike Moses. " The task force will also look for ways to teach children to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts. Recent events serve to remind us all that we must remain vigilant with regard to the safety and security of our children," Moses added.
In Texas, according to TEA statistics, more than 200,000 assaults against students and more than 18,000 assaults against teachers, were recorded in the last 4 academic years. There have also been more than 31,000 weapons confiscated in schools and almost 85,000 acts of vandalism or criminal mischief against school property or student property have been recorded.
The Attorney General's school violence prevention task force plans to meet four times during the next year in different Texas cities to hear invited testimony from the community. The first meeting will take place in San Antonio in late summer.
Attorney General's School Violence Prevention Task Force
Attorney General John Cornyn
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Moses
Senator Florence Shapiro
Senator Royce West
Representative Toby Goodman
Representative Henry Cuellar
Mike Scott, Chief of Criminal Law Enforcement Division, DPS
Gene Taylor, Williamson County Attorney
Jerry Neal, President, Texas Police Chief's Association
Kay Douglas, Trustee Huntsville ISD
Virginia Collier, Brenham ISD Superintendent
Tom Nichols, President, Texas School Police Officers, Lubbock ISD
Connie Kilday, Irving ISD Teacher
Dr. Carolyn Greer, Instructional Officer for Guidance and Counseling, Katy ISD
Steve Robinson, Executive Director, Texas Youth Commission
Linda Brooke, Director of Education and Related Services,
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
Mary Choate, Bowie County Sheriff
Lucy Rubio, Corpus Christi parent
Lorenzo Garcia, Principal Spring Branch ISD
Cheryl Bradley, AISD parent
Victor Bond, Texas Gang Investigator's Association
Robert Benavidez, Harlendale ISD Principal
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