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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tremont Forum Series: Countering Violence in Schools - Featuring Jerry Sparby

Sponsored by Tremont School

In 2003, Jerry Sparby experienced the tragedy known by a growing number of principals: two of his students were shot and killed by a third student in school.

The shooter was only fifteen years old.

That experience, and its aftermath, had a strong influence on the personal and professional journey he has embarked upon to try and make sense of the tragedy.

He came to believe that all involved, including the shooter, were victims; that school culture, with its emphasis on testing and measured success and lack of attention to the social/emotional needs of our kids, had created an environment where acting out, bullying, anxiety and depression run rampant.

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, Mr. Sparby is speaking out to share his experiences with parents and educators, and explain what he thinks we as a society need to do in order to reverse the disturbing trends we see in our schools and communities.

When:    7:00pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where:  Tremont School
                   57 Brown Street, Weston, MA 02493
                   (781) 235-4805

1 comment:

  1. “Mass shootings are a tragedy, just like earthquakes, fires, or tornadoes. Isn't it time we actually prepared for them” That's my point, these things are happening all the time, but we're shocked every time. We should have trainings and drills and stuff by now! (The quote was from Fight, Flight, or Hide, by John Forsythe if anyone was wondering)