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United States Attorney's Office Announces School Outreach Program To Reduce Gun Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25, 2013

Jacksonville, FL - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, announces the kick-off of another year for the United States Attorney Office’s school outreach program to reduce gun violence.  The effort, part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative to reduce gun and gang crime in America, has already reached almost 2,000 middle and high school students so far, just this school year.  As part of the initiative, Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Middle District of Florida have made presentations to students and staff in Columbia, Duval and Flagler counties. 

“It is important that we educate our youth and communities about the dangers and long-term impact of gun violence,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley. “A single injury or death creates victims far beyond that one individual. It can, and does, have an effect on an entire community. We are committed to being a partner in helping our communities reduce these types of devastating crimes.”

The outreach program focuses on the impact of gun violence in our communities and provides students with common sense steps that they can take to stay safe and out of trouble.  Anyone interested in scheduling a presentation or receiving more information about the program is encouraged to contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (904) 301-6301.

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