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June 12, 2007

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Kathleen

This is something that they don't prepare you for in college. The concept that hte police are our helpful friends is just not part of some students lives. Many children learn early, too early that the world is not a safe place and family members can be taken from you before you are ready to accept that your parents and extented family always know what is right.

Sophia Pappas

Yes, and because of this, children can develop mistrust, both towards the police and in some cases authority figures in general. Aside from directly addressing these issues with conversations about families and the police, teachers need to develop safe and structured classroom communities to help children develop trusting relationships (with peers and teachers).

A breakdown in trust, as I'm sure Robert Putnam would argue, can't bode well for larger societal institutions in the long run.

Sophia

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