SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 153
October 16, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Summit on Gangs and Youth Violence|
I would like to invite you or your representative to attend the Attorney General of Virginia's Summit on Gangs and Youth Violence. The summit is scheduled for Monday, October 26, 1998, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the New Deliverance Evangelical Church in Richmond, Virginia. Directions to the summit site and an invitation from Attorney General Mark Earley are attached. I apologize for the short notice regarding this summit. I do hope you will be able to attend. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Courtney Malveaux at (804) 692-0552. PDS/jst Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the super- intendent's office. COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 900 EAST MAIN STREET RICHMOND, VA 23219 October 14, 1998 Dear Superintendent: It is my pleasure to invite you to join me in Richmond on Monday, October 26, for a special briefing for Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, and School Superintendents in Virginia. As you may know, a fatal shooting occurred in February of this year at Pearl High School in Mississippi, in which two students were tragically killed and several others were injured. The District Attorney who prosecuted this case, John Kitchens, and Deputy Sheriff Greg Eklund will brief us on their experience, the lessons they learned, and how to plan for such incidents beforehand. I recently had the benefit of attending this briefing at a conference of the National Association of Attorneys General. Mr. Kitchens and Deputy Sheriff Eklund described a situation in which communication lines, crowd control, and teamwork between the police force and the school were tested and, in many cases, failed. They stress the importance of planning ahead and have very valuable insights that I believe are imperative for you to consider. Mr. Kitchens and Deputy Sheriff Eklund will make their presentation on October 26 from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. at New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, located at 1701 Turner Road in Richmond. After this briefing, I would invite you to join me for dinner at the church at 4:00, followed by a Summit on Gangs and Youth Violence with members of the general public from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. The theme of this Summit will be "Turning the Tide for Safer Schools." Please make every effort to attend or send a representative in your place. If you would like to showcase any innovative programs that enhance school safety or provide opportunities for youths, I can have an information table reserved for you at the Summit at 5:00 that evening. Please simply contact Courtney Malveaux at (804) 692-0552 by October 21 if you would like to have an information table set up. I have attached the invitation flier with details and directions to the Summit. Please copy and distribute this flier to any others in your field who may be interested in this event. I appreciate all the work you do on this important issue. I hope to see you on October 26. Sincerely, Mark L. Earley Mark Earley Attorney General of Virginia cordially invites you to a Summit on Gangs and Youth Violence A forum to find ways to work together with law enforcement, community leaders, educators, parents, and other concerned members of the public to stem the flow of juvenile gangs and violence. Monday, October 26, 5:00 - 8:00 PM New Deliverance Evangelistic Church 1701 Turner Road Richmond, Virginia For further information: (804) 692-0552 or (804) 276-0791 (church) General public is welcome. Directions from downtown Richmond: Cross Lee Bridge. Turn right onto Hull Street. Pass Chippenham Mall, and turn right at the 7-Eleven and the Exxon station onto Turner Road. Go 3 blocks. Church is on right. Directions from Rte. I-95 from the north: Take Exit 79, Powhite Parkway/Rte. 195. After $.50 toll, take Chippenham Parkway South. Take first Midlothian Turnpike exit heading west (Cloverleaf Mall). Around fourth traffic light (at Toys R Us) turn left onto Turner Road. Church is on left after 2 traffic lights. Directions from Rte. I-95 from the south: Exit onto Chippenham Parkway North. Take Hull Street/Amelia exit. Go approximately 1 mile and take a right onto Turner Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile. Church is on right.