P. O. BOX 2120
October 16, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
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

     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.


     Attachments:   A hard copy of this memo and its
                    attachment will be sent to the super-
                    intendent's office.

                   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.  


                               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