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Child psychiatrist to address school violence prevention panel (7-13-99)

Leonard E. Lawrence, M.D., a child psychiatrist and associate dean from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is one of the invited speakers who will provide expert testimony Thursday (July 15) at the San Antonio meeting of the Attorney General's School Violence Prevention Task Force.

Dr. Lawrence, chairman of the Texas Youth Commission, will discuss "Working with Troubled Youth" at approximately 11 a.m. at The University of Texas at San Antonio's Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango.

"The Task Force will hear testimony about issues of juvenile violence and will look at ways to reduce these outbursts that result in death and injury to children," Dr. Lawrence said. "My talk will address spur-of-the-moment, impulsive violence, but also the planned activity that generally follows a great deal of internal obsessing and that reflects inability on the part of the perpetrator to think analytically about satisfactory behaviors."

Dr. Lawrence is completing his eighth year on the Youth Commission and his fourth year as chairman of the panel. Initially appointed by Gov. Ann Richards, he was reappointed to a six-year term by Gov. George W. Bush.

John Cornyn, Texas attorney general, and Mike Moses, commissioner of education, will open the session at 9 a.m. Invited testimony will follow. Members of the public will have a chance to present remarks between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. (times approximate).

Contact: Will Sansom