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"It Takes a Village" Community Seminar Draws a Crowd

 Board of Education Vice Chair Michelle Simmons with panelists Matthew Krull, Brian Fortner, and Michelle Harrison
Board of Education Vice Chair Michelle Simmons with panelists Matthew Krull, Brian Fortner, and Michelle Harrison
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Many parents, youth, and community members took advantage of the opportunity to learn about juvenile and adult laws and school system policies and procedures related to discipline from the experts in Douglas County on August 20. The “It Takes a Village” seminar was hosted by Douglas County Board of Education Vice Chair Michelle Simmons and featured panel members Sheriff Tim Pounds, District Attorney Brian Fortner, Juvenile Court Judge Michelle Harrison, and Solicitor-General Matthew Krull. The Douglas County School System (DCSS) was represented by Douglas County High School Principal Andre Weaver and James Strong, Assistant Director of Student Support and Athletics.

The event was moderated by Paige Pushkin, Executive Director of Georgia Foundation for Public Education. Each panel member gave an introduction and statement about his or her area of expertise. Audience members were given almost two hours to ask their own questions following the introductions. Some of the advice given by panel members follows.

“Be involved in the everyday life of your child,” said District Attorney Fortner. “Know who they’re hanging with and know about their social media. Get in your child’s business.”

Solicitor-General Krull gave kudos to Superintendent Trent North for his willingness to partner with his office. “Our goal is for your child to be protected and free from harassment and bullying at school,” said Krull. “We want your child to be successful.”

Mr. Strong from DCSS advised parents, “Don’t let your child hold something for another student at school,” said Mr. Strong from DCSS. “Don’t allow people to put things in their book bags. Don’t let kids have access to guns or prescription drugs that they could bring to school. You should do random checks on book bags, purses, and cars.”

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