PRESENTATION FOLLOWS LAST WEEK'S MACHETE ATTACK AT GAR HIGH SCHOOLr
April 15, 2012
By Ed Lewis (Times Leader Staff Writer)
The recent assault on a freshman student at Wilkes-Barre Area’s GAR High School will likely be a topic at an upcoming seminar focusing on gangs in schools.
Students at GAR said last week rival tensions between African-Americans and Dominicans led to the attack outside the high school minutes after dismissal.
To build awareness of the dangers of gangs in schools and the community, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, are sponsoring the presentation and panel discussion titled “Combating Gang Activity in Our School Districts.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 23, in the Burke Auditorium in the McGowan School of Business at King’s College. More than 180 people attended a similar program held in June at Penn State Hazleton.
Nationally known gang expert D. Darell Dones, a supervisory special agent of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI, will be the featured presenter.
Taking part will be Brian Lavan, director of security for Wilkes-Barre Area School District; David J. Tosh, director of secondary education at Wyoming Valley West School District; Robert Maguire, chairman of the Lackawanna County Gang Task Force; Taylor Police Chief Leonard Mickavicz Jr. and Old Forge Police Chief Larry Semenza.
“Education is one of the strongest weapons we have in the fight against the spread of gangs and drugs in our schools,” Yudichak stated in a news release. “The information covered during this event will help us protect ourselves, our children and our communities as gangs try to extend their influence and disrupt our way of life.”
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