SAN DIEGO (CNS) - City officials, public mental health experts and the head of the Board of Education Tuesday called for a comprehensive plan for reducing youth violence, including expanded mental health screenings and support for renewing a federal ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles classified as assault weapons.
"It is not enough to physically secure our school sites. It is not enough to restrict the types of weapons and it is not enough to only focus on mental health," said John Lee Evans, the president of San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education and also psychologist. "We need to do all of them."
At its 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday, board members will consider a resolution made in response to recent mass shootings. It suggests the school district partnering with the San Diego Psychological Association to train school employees to recognize students with "potential violent tendencies and or signs of isolation that could signal a need for intervention."
If approved, the training would initially be rolled out at a few high schools and later be expanded, he said.
According to school district police Chief Rueben Littlejohn, reports of attempted suicide, suicide threats and reports of mental illness rose by 46 percent during the 2012-13 school year compared to the previous year.
San Diego police are working with school police "to make sure our most precious commodity in the city of San Diego are safe and well," Chief William Lansdowne said.
Mayor Bob Filner expressed optimism about the effort. "All the psychological and mental health resources that we have are to get at the roots of the problem - to get at young kids who are facing problems, so they grow up with a much more social view of the world and of themselves, a much more sense of who they are and the confidence they can be something without a gun in their hand," Filner said.
City Councilman David Alvarez said a resolution in support of a assault weapons ban was in the works.
Police officials in Carlsbad plan to hold a community meeting Thursday to apprise the public of law enforcement efforts to identify and track down a prowler who has been lurking around and sneaking into homes in the northern reaches of the city.
There are renewed calls for more fan protection at ball parks after a terrifying accident at Yankee Stadium.
The Escondido Police Department is mourning the loss of two retired K-9 officers who died one day apart earlier this month.
The City of El Cajon is taking steps to stop Hepatitis A from spreading as San Diego is battling an outbreak.
Authorities captured 25 suspected drug dealers Thursday during a wide-ranging North County enforcement sweep.
As the homeless population grows and rents balloon in San Diego, city officials Thursday announced a series of proposals to help alleviate the housing shortage over the next 10 years.
A major construction project on the roadway at the San Ysidro Port of Entry will force the closure of southbound Interstate 5 and I-805 starting starting Saturday, September 23 at 3:00 a.m.
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