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County students pledging to prevent violence

April 27, 2000

In the wake of the Columbine massacre, thousands of Washington County students have pledged to prevent violence in their schools.

The "I Will" pledge cards were bound together in a tapestry formally presented to members of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday.

"I will pledge to be a part of the solution," "I will eliminate taunting from my own behavior," and "I will set the example of a caring individual," are examples of the cards.

The quilt eventually will be showcased at Valley Mall.

The project was organized by the Washington County Association of Student Councils.

The association met with Del. Robert A. McKee, Del. Christopher B. Shank and Del. Louise V. Snodgrass to present the quilt and discuss the recently ended 90-day Maryland General Assembly session.

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McKee, R-Washington, said he and Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, defended their vote to give $6 million to private schools. Shank, R-Washington, voted against the aid.

The students also asked about getting voting powers for the student representative to the Washington County Board of Education.

McKee told students to lobby board members. The request needs to have board support before the delegation would consider sponsoring legislation, he said.

- Laura Ernde

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