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Teach youngsters how to deal with violence

Schoolchildren ought to be schooled on street survival skills.

I'm sure what most of the city's juvenile street criminals have in common is they are Baltimore City Public Schools students. Another is that they are products of extremely poor parenting. At this point in time, there is probably not much that can be done to reverse the latter. However, something can be done about the former. Just as the U.S. House of Representatives will now require anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training for all its members, our schools should require all of its students to attend anti-street violence training classes ("House to adopt anti-harassment training,” Nov.15).

Beside explaining all the reasons why attacking random citizens on the street is very undesirable behavior, the classes can try to ferret out what it is going on in the minds of the participants and thereby directly address their problems. To encourage active participation, the sessions should take place in classroom size spaces.

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Herman M. Heyn, Baltimore

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