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Community group wants better response to violence in Pinellas schools



School disciplinetops the agenda for a faith-based group that’s expected to bring 2,500 people to a meeting in Largo on Monday night. The Faith and Action for Strength Together group, better known as FAST, wants the Pinellas County School District to implement different discipline programs into schools with heavy violence and suspension rates. 

In a news release, it specifically names Largo and Gibbs high schools. 

“We have all these kids fighting for one reason or another, mostly for plain stupid reasons,” Marissa Knighton, 17, a senior at Largo High who’ll be speaking on behalf of FAST, told the Gradebook. 

The organization wants the district to push schools to adopt one of two different discipline programs that it says have been successful elsewhere: one called CHAMPS/Foundations, the other called Positive Behavioral Systems. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. 

Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:21am]


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