Mayor proposes parenting class in hopes of helping kids - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Mayor proposes parenting class in hopes of helping kids

School shootings, fights after class. and students taken away in handcuffs. Are parents doing enough? Could there be more?

"We can't give every child a responsible parent.  We can't do that," Mayor Willie Herenton said.  
So Mayor Herenton is proposing sending parents back to school with city sponsored parent sessions.

"Teach parents about some of the danger signs that psychologists have validated in guidance counselors," Herenton said.  

It might sound good in theory but will a parent that is not active in their child's school go to class themselves?

"We're going to get some parents were not going to get them all but certainly we will get some parents," Betsy Cannon of the Mayor's parenting plan said.
Memphis city school parents liked the idea.  

"If more parents meet more parents I think the communication with the children will go further," parent Anthony Logan said.  
Former school board member and current city councilwoman  Wanda Halbert insists the idea is a solid one.

"You need to know if your children are being threatened or intimidated and that's not easily recognized," Halbert said. 
She will be watching details of the plan down to the last dollar.

"Yes we definitely want to be kept in the loop on exactly what it council will ultimately have to approve the budget," Halbert said.  

A plan to help parents in hopes of improving long term student behavior in and out of class.

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