How to make schools safer — help the kids

The way to “assure the safety of those who work in service to our city” is for us to assure that our children grow up in conditions that keep them safe (“Two Baltimore City schools employees allegedly assaulted by students this week,” Nov. 28). Growing up in a segregated, impoverished city like Baltimore means exposure to lead, malnutrition, drugs, trauma and risk for multi-generational cognitive and mental health impairments — none of which is within a child’s (or often a parent’s) control.

We need better social services in schools and in our community to equip kids to be responsible learners and to guide them through problematic situations. How, for example, does it help if a child can’t return to school? Baltimore can’t do this on its own. It is the civic and neighborly responsibility of every Marylander to help our kids help themselves.

Gov. Larry Hogan and business leaders should set the example. More funding for social workers, psychologists and violence prevention programs in city schools would be a start.

Sarah Gannett, Baltimore

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