Violence education

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The full-page ad in Sunday’s paper with all the signatures (“Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence”) means nothing to me. The Forum article the same day from Grant Oliphant of the Heinz Endowments (“Step Up, Fathers,” June 15) means nothing to me. They are all preaching to the choir.

We need to get into the schools and educate children about abuse. We have to teach them that babies cry and that they did, too. We have to teach girls and women that your children come first. A boyfriend, who is a stranger to them, is not a good idea.

We have to teach young boys and teenagers that guns are for chickens. Men fight with their hands, and sometimes the next day they are friends again. Abuse goes two ways, men to women and women to men.

If our athletes, police officers and leaders are violent and it is printed by the media, then the people also with no common sense feel that they can also do it. We no longer have good models,

Perhaps the next full-page ad should show couples with good relationships and what they have done to keep it good. And add the children of these families and let them tell why they are happy. Not because they received Xboxes, but because they received love!

ARLENE CHODOCK ADELMAN
Greenfield


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