House passes school safety bill

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at addressing school violence was unanimously approved by the House Wednesday.

The measure calls on schools to adopt a written disciplinary and safety program that includes student behavior standards.

The bill also calls for schools to establish strategies for students to resolve conflicts peacefully. While many elementary and middle schools have such programs, most high schools do not, said Anchorage Rep. Lesil McGuire, who sponsored the bill with Eagle River Rep. Fred Dyson.

In urging House members to vote for the bill, McGuire cited the 1997 school shooting in Bethel that left two people dead and more recent instances of student violence at Dimond and Service high schools in Anchorage and in Soldotna.

''Unfortunately, the violence hasn't gone away,'' McGuire said.

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