efforts to stop youth violence
report calls for:
Statewide training should be provided for school administrators
on how to collect and report data reflecting school violence and
how to use such information to improve school safety.
state Department of Education should release annual school safety
statistics in a more timely fashion. (Such information is currently
released nearly two years after the incidents occur.)
should implement a statewide method for tracking the extent of
alcohol and drug use among youth, a practice many other states
Additional legislation is needed to broaden information-sharing
among schools, courts and law enforcement agencies.
providers of youth services should meet regularly to exchange
information and to learn the extent of youth violence in their
urgent need for providing youth in detention centers such services
as job training, substance abuse counseling, mentoring and parent
education should be addressed immediately.