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Volume 17, Number 3
May/June 2001

Talking to Parents About Violence


What can K-12 administrators and teachers do to get parents involved in defusing violence at school? We put that question to Cornell University professor and child-violence expert James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Save Them. Garbarino's forthcoming book, Parents Under Siege (written with Claire Bedard, Free Press, September 2001), includes insights gleaned from his conversations with the parents of Columbine High School killer Dylan Klebold. In talking to parents, says Garbarino, "The big challenge is to mobilize energy for change without creating hysteria or alarm."

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