Miami-Dade School Board approves two gun violence prevention programs

Following a surge of recent school shootings across the nation, the Miami Dade Public School board has approved two gun violence prevention programs. Behavior training programs Rachel Challenge and Sandy Hook Promise,  will be implemented throughout the district.

The Rachel’s Challenge, is a program that seeks to make schools more welcoming places and is based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High shooting in Littleton, Colorado, in 1999. Twelve students and one teacher were slain.

The board also agreed to explore implementing some of the training programs of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that was created after the 2012 shooting in a Connecticut elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators. The proposal will come back for an official vote in November.

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