NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


September 19, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN HOLDS YOUTH FORUM IN CAROLINE ON THURSDAY
DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE RECENT ACTS OF TERRORISM

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he will host the fourth event of his statewide Maryland Youth Forum at the Caroline County Board of Education on Thursday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to help improve the response to the problems faced by young people in Maryland, by listening to kids talk about a range of issues, such as juvenile crime, substance abuse, the Internet, and bullying in school. The themes and ideas that evolve from these meetings will be used to formulate and underscore the need for new policy initiatives. The Attorney General expects to devote a portion of the program to listening to kids speak about the recent acts of terrorism and their feelings towards related issues of war, safety and further threats of terrorism.

"All of our previous forums have been geared solely toward common issues such as bullying, after-school activities, media violence," Attorney General Curran said. "I expect Thursday’s discussion to swing more towards the feelings these kids are experiencing as a result of the events of last week. For a lot of kids, they just want to be heard and I think that is the most important aspect of this program–listening."

Attorney General Curran will be joined by school and community leaders at Thursday’s discussion with students from throughout the Caroline County school system.

WHAT: MARYLAND YOUTH FORUM

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: CAROLINE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION 204 FRANKLIN STREET DENTON

Directions: After crossing the Bay Bridge continue on Route 50 East *Turn Left on Route 404 and travel approx. 13 miles *Turn Right onto Route 328 *Turn Left onto Bus. Route 404 across the bridge *Bear Right at fork onto Franklin to Board building between 2nd and 3rd Sts.

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