Therapists to help kids deal with gangs, violence

February 25, 2010 1:19:18 PM PST
The Oakland Unified School District announced a new program Thursday to have a therapist in schools to help kids deal with violence and gangs.

School officials say they have been trying to get the program off the ground for the past 2.5 years.

They say many children face mental health issues from living with gangs and violence in Oakland.

"We know that things that happen at home, things that happen in the community, affect what happens at school, so we need to take care of our whole child," Arise High School Co-Principal Romeo Garcia said.

The program is being funded by a $150,000 grant from Alameda County, the city of Oakland and the Schools Foundation.