Program On Curtailing School Violence
Mothers Against Violence In Schools (MAVIS) will present a public program in
the lecture hall at Newtown High School at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 20.
The program was arranged by Wendy Beres, a local resident, who said she has
invited representatives of the Board of Education, PTA Council, the police,
and the school administration.
"This is an informational meeting with Linda DeLucia of MAVIS and school
representatives to gather information on implementing this program in Newtown
to educate students in non-violent responses," Mrs Beres said. "The meeting is
open to any members of the public who are interested in curtailing violent
behavior in Newtown schools."
Mrs DeLucia is executive director and president of MAVIS of Massachusetts, an
organization modeled after the first MAVIS chapter established in California
by a mother whose teenage son was killed by another student at school.
"MAVIS is similar to DARE, the anti-drug program that already is in the
Newtown schools, except that it works to change the way students perceive and
accept violence," Mrs Beres said.
Mrs DeLucia said the program focuses on pre-kindergarten elementary through
eighth-grade students. Second Step, a program MAVIS promotes, teaches skills
in empathy, impulse control and anger management.
The program targets skill deficits that put children at risk, not only for
violence, but also for alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide as well, Mrs
DeLucia said. The program also build high self esteem and teaches children the
skills they need to resist peer pressure.