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Attorney General Hardy Myers today released a report from the Attorney General's School/Community Safety Coalition that concludes that, although Oregon's public schools are reasonably safe, more must be done to reduce incidences of bullying, intimidation and harassment between students.
"The School/Community Safety Coalition's report finds that Oregon's school buildings themselves may need to be more secure, and partnerships between school officials and law enforcement officials need to be established, strengthened and nurtured." Myers said. "But the biggest challenge is to reduce the amount of harassing behavior between students. It is the type of behavior that, if unchecked, escalates to violence."
The report, "How Safe Are Oregon Schools? Status and Recommendations," incorporates the results of several surveys, including a survey of Oregon's public school principals, the state's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and other sources. It is available online at www.doj.state.or.us.
The Coalition's report recommends that lawmakers and local policymakers consider the following actions:
"The Coalition's goal was to let Oregonians know how safe its public school currently are and what more can be done, both in prevention and crisis response, to ensure a safe learning environment," Myers said. "I hope this report and its recommendations are useful to both state and local policymakers in their deliberations about how to best use limited resources. I am grateful to the members of the Coalition, especially the University of Oregon's Institute on Violent and Destructive Behavior, for their work on this important project."
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