ERIC Number: ED435126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping Colorado's Kids Safe. Special Report from the Summit on School Safety and the Prevention of Youth Violence.
Owens, Bill; Salazar, Ken
This report offers highlights of a special summit in Colorado during which policymakers and citizens discussed the many causes and possible solutions to youth violence. It opens with the statement that solutions start with family, community, faith, and a culture that reinforces the lessons of right and wrong. It advocates connecting every child with a caring adult, creating gang-free communities, keeping guns away from kids, holding parents accountable for raising their children, helping kids who need it most, and providing a safe school for every child. Among the recommendations found in the report were to establish a statewide gang initiative in the Colorado Attorney General's Office; raise the age from 18 to 21 for purchasing firearms at gun shows; require safe storage of firearms in the home; provide more early identification and better referral to intervention services for high-risk children; speed up termination of parental rights in cases of severe abuse, neglect, or abandonment; promote responsible fatherhood; increase government/faith-based partnerships; increase government/business partnerships targeting kids who would benefit the most; change confidentiality laws to allow schools and law-enforcement agencies to share information; and enforce state laws regarding school codes of conduct and zero tolerance of inappropriate behavior. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Office of the Governor, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado