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NC: 5 yr old slapping/kicking a teacher, third grader throwing chairs...is "a cry for help"

Mar 24, 2018, Charlotte (NC) Observer: Spend on more school psychologists, not to turn schools into fortresses http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article206627899.html Fortify schools by hiring counselors In response to “CMS leader says he wants $9 million to fortify schools” (March 22): The state of the mental health of our children is reaching crisis level. Schools are severely lacking when it comes to mental health support. Reports of a 5-year-old slapping and kicking a teacher or a third grader throwing chairs and screaming obscenities are more than just “bad behavior.” It’s a cry for help and teachers aren’t equipped to deal with these issues. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, please put that $9 million toward additional psychologists and counselors. I’m more concerned with the danger inside the school rather than what’s outside. …