A sixth-grader entering middle school should be worried about math. She shouldn't have to fear that the kid with a locker next to hers might have a gun. But such a fear is common today. A recent Gallup survey found that violence in the schools is the No. 1 education-related concern for the majority of Americans. Ensuring safe schools for all children is among the nation's education goals for the year 2000. Still, while violence overall is on the decline, it has increased steadily over the last several years among the country's youth.
This year in the annual program called Respecteen Speak for Yourself, sponsored by Lutheran Brotherhood, seventh- and eighth-grade students wrote letters to their congressional representatives about their biggest concerns. Violence was the topic of most of the letters, with many writers telling about how dangerous their schools were.
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