Two schools of thought on student safety: police presence, and behavioral health

Complete college behavioral well being techniques Promote security charges, educational success and attendance, and assist scale back particular training referrals, college disciplinary actions, emergency room visits and hospitalization, and the prevalence and severity of psychological sickness.

Each pupil deserves to really feel protected at college, and a concerted effort to implement complete behavioral well being companies and immediate assist in each district will assist create that protected area.

Mary McGowan

Govt Director

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Kids


A barrage of sexual pictures within the media is producing an increase in misconduct amongst schoolchildren

The Globe reported final week {that a} Boston metropolis council member was utilizing a rise in experiences of sexual misconduct and assaults in Boston public faculties to justify a name for tighter safety at faculties, together with the reinstatement of a police presence (“Variety of sexual assaults in dispute,” Metro, Jan. 23).

Tightening safety or having police in faculties will do nothing as a result of sexual harassment and aggressive sexual conduct is all over the place, not simply in faculties, and is supported by the broader tradition.

Most of the people has been conditioned to just accept this as regular. The explosion of sexualized depictions of ladies and ladies in media of all types repeatedly bombs ladies and boys. These photos have been seen solely as soon as in pornographic magazines, and have been often hidden behind retailer counters. Now they’re every day fare.

As well as, Web pornography, a multi-billion greenback trade, isn’t just a click on away, nevertheless it additionally seems whereas younger youngsters are enjoying harmless laptop video games. Kids are uncovered to Web pornography at an early and early age. The pictures they see can normalize the exploitation and abuse of women and girls. Why are we shocked when youngsters behave in faculties?

Until we start to problem the normalization of this sexual exploitation and abuse—at house, in faculties, and in our bigger society—the numbers of sexual misconduct and abuse will proceed to develop.

As a substitute of placing police in faculties, how about lessons the place girls and boys are made conscious of the existence of a protected area to debate the consequences of sexism, the sexualization of ladies and ladies, and the pornography trade, and the place they’ll discover options and options that direct them towards relationships of care and mutual respect as an alternative?

Pastor Cheng Im Tan


The author is the founding father of the Asian Home Violence Process Power.

Colleges are fertile floor for fixing what has been damaged by the pandemic

a A report by the Massachusetts Affiliation of Well being Plans This month illustrates the decades-long disaster in youngsters’s psychological well being in Massachusetts and throughout the nation. Within the fall, the American Psychological Affiliation and the Kaiser Household Basis reported that the emotional penalties of COVID-19 proceed to take a toll on massive numbers of younger adults and older adults. These are our college students and the numerous mother and father, lecturers and volunteers who make up our faculties.

Behavioral well being issues have an effect on consideration, focus, reminiscence, motivation, and organizational abilities required for educational success. Two years of emergency administration have disrupted the relationships and shared imaginative and prescient among the many adults who oversee our studying communities.

Colleges are the right environments to repair what has damaged the pandemic. Predictable actions, emotional bonding, and teamwork may also help youngsters cope with stress, promote optimistic relationships, and construct resilience. A long time of social and emotional studying analysis affirm the optimistic impression of inclusive, culturally responsive, and supportive environments on psychosocial growth and educational progress. Likewise, the every day work of grownup stakeholders dedicated to youngsters’s mental and emotional growth offers alternatives to rebuild the relationships and shared imaginative and prescient required for profitable social techniques.

Whereas we’re involved about ‘studying loss’, we need to stress the necessity to recuperate all that has been misplaced in our studying communities. Recreating protected and supportive college climates is step one in serving to college students study. This implies not solely investing in social and emotional studying applied sciences and offering behavioral well being sources to youngsters but in addition restoring a way of belief amongst adults in our college districts.

Collaborative funding by all stakeholders is required to create these circumstances for achievement.

Thomas Scott

Govt Director of the Massachusetts Affiliation of College Superintendents


Glenn Kocher

Govt Director of the Massachusetts Affiliation of College Commissions


Nicholas Covino

President of William James School


The college workers is left to cope with the dearth of accessible caregivers

repeats “Report seems to higher position for faculties in behavioral well being disaster” (Metro, Jan. 21): And so we wait…till public anger reaches a tipping level over the dearth of community-based psychological well being care out there. A few of us in public training and neighborhood psychological well being have been ready 30 years. Now, public faculties are bearing an growing share of the financial price of the decades-old public well being disaster that lengthy predates the pandemic.

Insurance coverage firms, among the many “stakeholders” talked about within the article, haven’t any financial incentive to supply complete behavioral well being care, which is a loss chief when decoupled from the entire price of offering well being care. These prices have been successfully diverted to the general public sector and exacerbated by an alarming scarcity of individuals beginning their careers who need to work in training or psychological well being in addition to a scarcity of kid psychiatrists.

Steering and adjustment counselors, college social employees, psychologists, and nurses are working tougher than ever, with fewer sources, to assist college students with critical psychological diseases and their households, and are left to elucidate the inexplicable: why they’ve to attend till they’re seen by a supplier.

Thomas B. Danforth


The author is a licensed college psychologist, medical neuropsychologist, and authorized well being supplier. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Prevention is essential to addressing rising psychological well being issues

There is no such thing as a doubt that faculties are important companions in addressing the behavioral well being disaster for youngsters within the nation (“Report seems to higher position for faculties in behavioral well being disaster”). The work of the NAN Undertaking to supply center and highschool college students with psychological well being training and suicide prevention applications utilizing a peer-to-peer mannequin demonstrated that an upstream method is important to assembly younger folks’s pressing want for assist.

As John Crocker, Director of Psychological Well being and Conduct Companies at Methuen Public Colleges, factors out within the article, prevention in faculties is essential. College students profit from data that destigmatizes behavioral well being points and a faculty local weather that encourages dialog and assist. Skilled growth, not just for psychological well being workers but in addition for classroom lecturers, can present the instruments and confidence for lecturers to determine and talk with college students with rising psychological well being issues and to refer them to sources.

An bold roadmap for addressing youngsters’s behavioral well being has been developed, with far-reaching objectives. Capability constructing for prevention-based companies ought to be a precedence of the plan.

Elaine Dalton

Founder and Chairman of the Govt Board

Jake Cavanaugh

Govt Director

NAN challenge


The telephone quantity for the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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