Education: Shootouts in The Schools

Educators adopt tough tactics to cope with classroom violence

NEW YORK CITY. At P.S. 93, a youngster tells teacher Donald Miller, "Melvin has a toy." Since toys are not allowed in the lunchroom, the teacher confronts five-year-old Melvin and demands that he hand it over. Miller suddenly faces not a toy but a "Saturday-night special" pointed at his chest. The gun turns out to be loaded, cocked and ready for action.

WASHINGTON. A barrage of gunfire erupts just outside Woodrow Wilson High School as classes are dismissed for the day. Four students are shot, but all survive. Later, a teen-age boy who is not enrolled at Wilson is convicted of...

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