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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Atlantic County Sponsors School Violence Conference

School violence will be the topic of a half-day conference sponsored by the Atlantic County Children and Families Initiative on Friday, October 25, 2002 at 9 AM at the Townsend Residential Life Center on the campus of the Richard Stockton College in Galloway. Registration will begin at 8:15 AM. The conference will address four topics: Youth Violence, Myths and Facts: MOSAIC, an interactive training system for threat assessment methods; Bullying in Schools; and 4-H: Building Character and Community.

Acknowledging the significance of the conference, County Executive Dennis Levinson said, "Our children, our teachers and our community deserve safe schools where children can learn and grow. We must be willing to work together to help prevent school violence. This conference provides a first step in that direction."

Levinson will be joined by State Senator William Gormley and County Administrator Helen Walsh in presenting opening remarks. Attendees will include school administrators and social workers, police and juvenile officers, probation and court personnel, case managers and local community-based agencies.

For more information, please call 609-645-7700 and ask for Cindy Hamer, ext. 4529 or Ann Edmonds, ext. 4334.

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