Re: Social workers, not cops, should be in schools (June 12)
I would like to thank John Sewell for his insightful views on the need to invest the $2 million currently spent on having police officers in schools instead of preventative strategies, such as social workers and school supports.
I would also like to see it invested in developing a peer support program that helps prevent suicide among young people in schools; a much bigger killer in our schools than homicide.
Consider this: Suicide is the second biggest killer of young people between the ages of 15-24 in Canada, behind only traffic accidents.
Two million dollars could go a long way to safeguarding our children through education and support.
Let’s focus where we can get the greatest impact, through a comprehensive suicide prevention project.
Our children’s lives depend on it.