LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Monday teachers and students from across Arkansas worked to tackle school violence--an issue that's weighed heavily on the entire country in recent years and has cost dozens of kids their lives.
At the annual Youth Summit in Little Rock, they hoped to prevent school violence by making it easier for kids to come forward and report potential threats to school officials.
Jim West, CEO of The Guidance Center in Fort Smith, said students and teachers are the first line of defense, and this group is definitely making progress in tackling a very difficult topic.
"Some great ideas, some great discussion is going on at this time, and I think that's very important that we focus on what we can do internally and not just by passing laws to take away tools of violence," he explained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, between one and two percent of all homicides involving kids happen at school.