Exclusive Interview with Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and ACI Specialty Benefits CEO Dr. Ann Clark Reveals Secrets of School Violence Prevention

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As violence in schools continues to escalate, Jerry Sanders explains the key to student intervention and prevention.

It’s got to be an effort of everybody in that school and that tiny community to start bringing some help.

What do the decision-makers in higher education have to do with the solution to school violence?


In an exclusive interview with CEO of ACI Specialty Benefits Dr. Ann Clark, former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said, “School violence is entirely solvable.”

Teachers and schools aren’t helpless anymore. When students feel isolated at school, student assistance programs are the best defense against school violence – and for good reason.

Sanders and Clark highlighted the role of partnership with student assistance programs in identifying troubled students and facilitating them to receive help, whether they’re victims of bullying or bullies themselves.

“When I say it’s entirely solvable, what I mean is that people know that this is occurring,” Sanders said. “It’s got to be an effort of everybody in that school and that tiny community to start bringing some help.”

That help can come in the form of a student assistance program, which provides telephonic assessment and support for students and is a direct helpline for teachers when dealing with troubled students. To learn more about student assistance programs like ACI’s SOAR Student Assistance Program, click here.

Get the entire story in ACI’s School Violence Prevention Video Series that outlines how teachers, school administrators, parents, and the community can work together to get help to students before violence occurs.

Clark even brought along a ‘stress puzzle’ friend – Benny Fits – for Jerry Sanders to help #buildbalance. Building balance in students’ lives can be critical to success. Connect with Benny on Social@ACI.

About ACI Specialty Benefits

ACI Specialty Benefits, celebrating 30 years of innovation, ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of employee assistance programs, corporate wellness, student assistance, concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. With a 95% client retention rate and over seven million covered lives, ACI has provided personalized, high-touch service for 30 years. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.acispecialtybenefits.com or connect with Dr. Ann Clark on LinkedIn.

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