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PROFNET WIRE: EDUCATION & GOVERNMENT: School Violence

Thursday, October 18, 2007 General News J E 4
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1. Education: School Violence: Emergency Response and Prevention2. Education: Improving the School Lunch3. Law: Virtual Medicine: Avoiding Licensing Problems

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**1. EDUCATION: SCHOOL VIOLENCE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREVENTION. DANGROSS, CEO of PAX/REAL SOLUTIONS TO GUN VIOLENCE: "Two separate studentincidents point to a single striking solution: speaking up can save lives.Last Wednesday, two incidents occurred in different states that, together,underscore the importance of an often-overlooked but vital solution to schoolviolence. When school shootings occur, like the one in Cleveland last week,there is always significant focus placed on the school's 'emergency response'procedures such as lock-downs, law enforcement response and internalcommunications. And while those systems are vitally important to have in placewhen a crisis does occur, it seems almost absurd that equal emphasis would notbe placed on the systems that can genuinely prevent the crisis in the firstplace. According to a study released in 2001 by the U.S. Secret Service andthe Department of Education, in 81 percent of school shootings, there arestudents other than the attacker who are aware of the threat before the attackoccurs. That means that up to 4 out of 5 school shootings could be preventedif students that are often innocent bystanders were to speak up, and theproper systems were set up to handle those reports with the appropriate degreeof coordination and urgency. Such measures would likely have prevented thetragedy that occurred in Cleveland last week, not to mention Virginia Tech andColumbine." 1-866-SPEAK-UP, a national hotline set up by PAX/Real Solutions toGun Violence for students to anonymously report weapon related threats, hasreceived more than 20,000 calls in less than six years, with strong evidencethat numerous potential tragedies have been thwarted. News Contact: JennieLintz, jennie@paxusa.org Phone: +1-212-269-4151 (10/17/07)

**2. EDUCATION: IMPROVING THE SCHOOL LUNCH. MARGERY LAWRENCE, Ph.D., R.D.,chair of the nutrition department at SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE in West Hartford,Conn.: "It's National School Lunch week, but don't expect to see much of adifference on your child's plate. Schools teach the food guide pyramid andtell students the latest dietary guidelines, but, due to financial restraints,the lunch program does not reflect what students are learning in theclassroom. One of the hurdles in changing school lunch is that if funds areused to make changes, then results have to be measured. The school board canclaim that healthier lunches will reduce body mass index (BMI), but there isno way for this to be tested before the taxpayers have to foot the bill. Toget kids and parents to buy into the changes, there has to be nutritioneducation along with it. It is not enough to present food that followsgovernment guidelines because they don't go far enough in terms of dietaryguidelines. Lawmakers don't want to take the extra step because any schoollunch innovation will be held to a high standard to show concrete changes,which does not always happen." News Contact: Laura Snyder,laura@dickjonescomm.com Phone: +1-814-867-1963 (10/17/07)

**3. LAW: VIRTUAL MEDICINE: AVOIDING LICENSING PROBLEMS. JANE ARNOLD, partnerat BRYAN CAVE, is a member of the firm's Health Care; Technology,Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice; and Regulatory Affairs, Public Policyand Legislation practice groups. Avoiding licensing problems is a top priorityfor Arnold, whose advice regarding virtual medicine has been sought out inrecent years by a growing number of specialists: "Doctors who have been inpractice for years and years are coming to embrace the convenience and thequality of data that is available." Arnold's clients include radiologists whoread films in the middle of the night from their homes, obstetricians who usefetal monitors to check on pregnant women th
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