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Duluth, MN: District partners with mental health providers; 'there's a huge mental health issue'

July 11, 2018, Duluth (MN) News Tribune: Our View: Duluth schools 'pretty high security' … The Duluth school district also has partnerships with mental health providers who work in Duluth's schools with a goal of addressing issues with students and families before they escalate into something horrific and regrettable…. Aggressive, creative approaches are what are needed statewide, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a gubernatorial candidate, said when asked about school shootings and gun violence during a meeting with editorial board members this week. "We've got to work on the school counselors. …” "We can't be last in terms of (the number of) mental health people in our schools and (the number of) guidance counselors," said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a former teacher. "Obviously, everybody recognizes that there's a huge mental health issue. And I think we're getting better at that, but we're nowhere near where we need to be, particularly in our schools," said Jeff Johnson, who served six years on the K-12 Finance Committee as a member of the Minnesota House. "We've frankly had a policy in some of our school districts to intentionally ignore kids who are disruptive and violent because it might have a disproportionate impact on one race or group. That's just insane to me. (With) a couple of these kids, there were warning signs — warning sign after warning sign — and we as government chose to ignore it."…

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