Education: Classroom Disarmament

For some public school systems, arms control is an everyday concern. In Boston, for instance, hundreds of knives and other weapons are confiscated from city pupils each year. At one time those caught red-handed were automatically expelled. But for the past year hundreds have been sent instead to a yellow brick school building in the working-class Roslindale section. At the Barron Assessment and Counseling Center, as the place is called, they go through a five-to-ten-day program designed to get them to put down their knives and pick up their books.

"We've done things with these kids that no one else could...

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