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January 26, 2001

Teens, Legislators Meet on School Violence

California high school students and state legislators will tackle issues surrounding school violence from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1 at the State Capitol room 4202.

The meeting is sponsored by LegiSchool, an award-winning civic education program of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.

Among the issues to be addressed will be the impact of school safety measures such as metal detectors, video surveillance, uniformed guards, closed campuses and school uniforms. Participants will talk about whether schools have gone too far. They will also discuss how widespread school violence really is.

Legislative panelists will be State Senator Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside), State Senator Jack Scott (D-Burbank), State Assemblyman Dean Florez (D-Shafter) and State Assemblyman Anthony Pescetti (R-Rancho Cordova).

High school panelists will include students from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, Belmont High School in Los Angeles and Stagg High School in Stockon.

There also will be audience participants from those three high schools, as well as Adelante High School in Roseville. Students from John Burroughs High School in Burbank will participate by telephone, and thousands of other students will watch the meeting live on the California Channel or on videotape.

Paula Gardner, a professor in the CSUS College of Education, will moderate.

More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Director Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906 or by visiting the LegiSchool website at www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.

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