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How One Philly School Stopped Violence in Its Tracks

How One Philly School Stopped Violence in Its Tracks

By Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 11:05am
I recently read an article in The Atlantic by Jeff Deeney about a school in Philadelphia that took an innovative approach to reduce youth violence in one of the most desperately poor areas of the city. Instead of relying on a hefty police presence to keep their students safe, their approach—relatively unheard of in an economically depressed school like this one—centered on empowerment, community support, and providing a stable environment for the students.