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TOUGHER PENALTIES ARE NEEDED FOR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN FIGHTS

A maximum-security school boot camp is needed to house violent students who are dangerous to students and faculty. When there are 70 fights in 16 city high schools within a two-week period -- with teachers going to hospitals and restraining orders being issued -- there is a major crisis in our education system.

Throwing money into security and social programs is not the answer. Our own district attorney states, "we're not equipped to do anything." Victimized teachers are told that their assailant must return to the same school. In the meantime, our School Board can only speculate at providing mentors to help violent students act more appropriately.

Students studying criminology need a special program. Purchase back the building on Ferry Street with its 20-foot wall and barbed-wire fence. If students misbehave, make them carry cinder blocks from one side of the courtyard to the other, until exhausted. This would nurture an attitude adjustment and save taxpayers money.

James Missall

Buffalo

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