Post-Dispatch: Trauma of violence is focus of special St. Louis school board meeting


St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The recent killings of children in the city have dropped the equivalent of an atomic bomb with a “toxic dose of violence” traumatizing residents, one speaker said at a forum held Thursday evening at Vashon High School. The event was hosted by the St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education to discuss recent gun violence in the community. At least 13 children have been killed by gunfire in St. Louis this year. Six of the district’s students were killed over the summer, according to Superintendent Kelvin Adams. About 300 parents, school staff members and residents came to the meeting, which was planned after a particularly violent weekend that included the Aug. 23 death of Jurnee Thompson, 8, after a football event at Soldan High School.