Birmingham school leaders look to stop violence

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's school superintendent says the system is reaching out to the community to try and prevent violence against students. The announcement comes after a Woodlawn High School student allegedly shot another student last week. The student was shot Tuesday afternoon shortly after getting off the school bus.

School administrators say the suspect was a fellow Woodlawn student who was not at school that day. Even though the shooting happened off school property, Edward Maddox, the school board member who represents Woodlawn, and Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon say the incident proves they have to work harder to keep students safe in and out of school.

I have meetings with community leaders all the time, I met with one of the neighborhood pastors today as a matter of fact, talking about how we can bring the faith-based community together to adopt and work with schools and work with those communities that surround schools so we're all working together," said Witherspoon.

"I'm optimistic about our children and our communities and our school, things are going to get better," said Maddox.

Dr. Witherspoon says he is getting positive feedback from some community leaders who want to help the system in its new student safety efforts.

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