[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [April 12, 1998] [Page 553] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on School Crime April 12, 1998 Today the Attorney General and Secretary of Education forwarded to me an important, but troubling, study on school crime. Although the study shows that the overall crime rate in our schools did not change significantly between 1989 and 1995, it confirms that some schools have serious problems. Most disturbing, the study found that the number of students reporting gangs in their schools has nearly doubled. This is unacceptable. Gangs--and the guns, drugs, and violence that go with them--must be stopped from ever reaching the schoolhouse door. Congress can help lead the way by passing the antigang and youth violence strategy that I sent to them more than a year ago. It is based on what we know works--tough, targeted deterrence and better antigang prevention. Through this approach, police and prosecutors in Boston literally disarmed the gangs and brought juvenile gun murders to a halt. We should not wait any longer to help other communities do the same. Note: This statement was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on April 11, but it was embargoed for released until 6:30 p.m. on April 12.