THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
August 27, 1998
VICE PRESIDENT GORE AND MRS. GORE HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS WAYS TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFERHighlight Successful Local School Safety Efforts
San Francisco, CA -- Vice President Gore and Mrs. Gore came to California today to learn about successful local efforts to curb youth violence and create safe schools, and they held a town hall meeting to hear from students, parents, teachers and law enforcement officials on the best ways to keep school children safe.
"The President and I are committed to supporting schools and communities' efforts to create safe schools -- nothing is more important than keeping our school children safe so they can learn and grow," said the Vice President, who was joined by parents, students, teachers, law enforcement, and community leaders from all across California. "And that is why the President and I have called for a conversation on school safety across the country and a national conference on school safety this fall," he added.
The Vice President and Mrs. Gore encouraged parents and schools to work together to reduce youth violence, and discussed successful anti-gang and juvenile crime prevention initiatives, early intervention programs, and partnerships between mental health organizations and schools.
During the meeting, they heard about successful local programs, including:
In addition, the President and Vice President will issue the first Annual Report on School Safety, including: an analysis of all national school crime data and an overview of state and local school crime data; examples of schools and strategies that are cutting school violence, drug use, and class disruption; actions that parents can take to combat school crime, including a local safety checklist; and resources available to schools and communities to help create safe, disciplined, drug-free schools.