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Officials Take Action In Preventing School Tragedies

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ERIE- "I'd probably be scared and frightened but also alert and ready to go," Central Tech senior Anjalique Clark says.

It is everyone's worst nightmare and unfortunately it came true Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School.

With two kitchen knives in hand, a 16-year old male student allegedly goes on a violent rampage, slashing and stabbing anyone in sight.

It can happen anywhere and school officials like Danny Jones, Director of Student Services for Erie's public schools, do not taking it lightly.

"There are a number of kids out there who are hurting," Jones says. "They are going through challenges that often times don't have the skills or resources to process on their own."

In many of these cases, the common denominator is bullying.

Jones says the district offers several programs to make sure tragedies like the Sandy Hook Shootings and the incident at Franklin Regional do not happen here.

If a regular trip to the school counselor doesn't help, Jones says the peer mediation program has become increasingly successful.

It's a chance for students to talk it out one-on-one in a private environment.

"Once we can sit down and talk and I know that it's okay for me to talk to you, I can approach you now," Jones adds.

Anjalique Clark is a graduating senior at Central Tech High. What is her take on bullying at school?

"We don't do that much bullying at school," Anjalique Clark says. "If anyone has any problems, we all make sure that they go see a counselor."

It's that same type of unity that Jones says should be taken home too.

"We need community partners," Jones explains. "We can't do this all by ourselves. What's going to happen during the summer? The more community partners that we have, the better. It should not be that the school is the only place that deals with bullying and conflict resolution."

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