In a time where district budgets are being cut and pressure is increasing on administrators to ensure student safety, solutions need to be developed that can meet both of these competing interests. One of the biggest issues facing students, parents, and school personnel today is the frequency and long lasting effects of bullying. Incidents of bullying can affect the school environment, the community, and most importantly the psychological and developmental state of the youth involved (e.g. victims, perpetrators, and bystanders). Specifically, students who are bullied have shown higher levels of anxiety, higher levels of depression, and are more prone to sleeping disorders (Fekkes, Pijpers, and Vanhorick, 2004). (Read more…)
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As part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention model, tobacco enforcement plays a key role in limiting the access and illegal sale of tobacco products to minors. To assist in this initiative, the Tobacco Enforcement Program, coordinated by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) and funded by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), is soliciting applications from local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of conducting controlled buy/stings of tobacco permitted retail outlets. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to apply for this opportunity and take part in tobacco enforcement efforts in their local communities. The application deadline is May 31, 2013.