PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials met with students and teachers at Parkersburg High School to discuss school-based violence, bullying and the misuse of social media.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John Foster and Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin on Monday appeared Monday at a forum to discuss preventing school violence. They said they wanted to reinforce the message that violence has no place in schools, communities or homes - and that there are legal and personal consequences of such behavior.
Goodwin said the forum was prompted in part by a recent fatal school shooting at a Cleveland, Ohio-area high school, along with numerous reports of teens using social media to threaten, bully or intimidate classmates.
Goodwin says he plans to make similar visits to other high schools.