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          School Controversies

          September 19, 2008

          Dr. Phil takes on controversial issues that could affect your child’s safety at school. How do you feel about teachers carrying guns? And, should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

           

          Gun-Toting Teachers

          A small Texas school district has a new policy that allows teachers to carry a concealed weapon to protect their classrooms. Dr. Phil talks with two mothers on opposite sides of this issue, as well as the president of the Texas Federation of Teachers.  

           

          Will this make students safer, or are guns in classrooms a deadly mix? 

           


           

          Alcohol at 18: Ingenious or Insane?

          Recent studies show that 40 percent of children have experimented with alcohol by eighth grade, and almost half of college-aged kids binge drink. Now, 100 of the nation’s top college presidents have signed the Amethyst Initiative, calling for a national discussion on the legal drinking age. 

           

          Would lowering the legal drinking age to 18 curb binge drinking? 

           


           

          School Bus Brawl

          Samantha, 15, has been expelled from school and is facing charges of disorderly conduct after getting into a fight with her bus driver. Samantha’s mother, Paula, is furious her daughter is the only one being prosecuted in this incident. 

           

          See the fight caught on tape. Who’s at fault: the student or the bus driver? 

           


           

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          Dr. Phil gives special thanks to Robert B. Snyder, who gave a lavish donation to the Dr. Phil Foundation to help disadvantaged children.

           

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