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Archive for Thursday, September 28, 1995

BOARD MEMBER SHARES VIOLENCE CONCERN

September 28, 1995

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— Prompted by concerns over violence among school children in neighboring areas, DeSoto School Board Member Alan Hays sent pleas to Washington to leave educational funding intact.

On Wednesday, Hays sent letters to Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum, who are in the midst of discussing a Senate bill that might cut more than $200 million dollars from programs that promote drug-free schools and school safety.

"It is imperative that we make educational funding for basic skills, innovation and safety and drug prevention programs a very high priority in our budget process, whether at the federal, state or local level," Hays wrote.

Though he's concerned about educational funding in general, Hays said recent shootings involving school children in Olathe and Ottawa brought concerns about safety home to him.

Hays said many constituents had expressed concerns after a gunfight in Olathe and a shooting in Ottawa that left a total of three teen-agers dead last weekend.

"It's a situation you don't want to think will happen in your area, least of all the area where you have family or constituents," Hays said at a DeSoto school board meeting Wednesday night. "We have to be cognizant every day about safety. It shouldn't take a major incident."

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