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Media Advisory
"Gangs in Maryland Schools" are Focus of JHU Panel Discussion

March 27, 2008
TO: Reporters, editors and producers
FROM: Betsy Emery | (410) 516-9736 | emery@jhu.edu
SUBJECT: "Gangs in Maryland Schools" are focus of JHU panel discussion
WHEN: Monday, March 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
WHERE: Education Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2800 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

This evening discussion on "Perspectives on Gangs in Maryland Schools" will feature a panel presentation by leading educators and public health and safety experts. They will discuss the scope of the gang problem in Maryland schools and possible remedies.

Speakers include representatives of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Association of School Police, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Baltimore City Public School System.

"The issue of gangs in schools touches many teachers and principals," said Mariale Hardiman, assistant dean for urban partnerships in the School of Education, a former principal and one of two moderators of the panel. "This panel discussion will bring together a variety of experts who can analyze the problem from different angles and present practical suggestions for school personnel."

The other co-moderator is Larry Harmel of the School of Education's Division of Public Safety Leadership. He is also executive director of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.