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Deadline for announcements for political candidates - August 17

By Staff Report

August 08, 2007 at 10:39 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Candidates wishing to post free announcements in the St. Charles Herald-Guide must submit them before August 17.

Schools ask parents to get involved to stop violence

St. Charles Parish is going on the offensive when it comes to violence in schools. Parents of middle and high-school students were asked to do their part in keeping our schools safe.

"Please encourage your sons and daughters to inform teachers or administrators about any incidents that they believe will lead to a fight," said a letter sent out to parents and students last week. "Students often know that there will be a fight long before one occurs."

School administrators and parish officials are taking this pro-active stance hoping to stop violence before it spirals into a situation that could put all students in danger. By focusing on stopping fights before they occur, they hope to reduce the possibility that weapons will be brought to school.

"Fighting is disruptive to the school climate and causes students to feel physically and psychologically threatened. Studies show that the majority of students who bring weapons to school do so to defend themselves. We believe that students who feel safe are less likely to bring weapons to school," said the letter, signed by School Superintendent Rodney Lafon, Sheriff Greg Champagne, District Attorney Harry Morel and all three Judges.

The school violence prevention program includes collaboration between all four offices.

During the first week of school, students will be informed that physical fighting will not be tolerated and students who fight will be arrested when probable cause exists. Any students caught fighting will be handcuffed and taken into custody by law enforcement officers. The bond for disturbing the peace by fighting in school will be $250. -- Ann Taylor

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