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Anti-violence resolution approved by L.A. Unified

October 11, 2011 |  3:37 pm

Cindi Santana
The Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to create programs in high schools that would teach students about healthy dating and how to avoid abusive relationships.

Although the board voted in favor of the program and said it would allocate money for it, no funds have been designated yet.

Board member Steven Zimmer said the program could cost about $2 million per year.

Patricia Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization that provides anti-dating violence programs in some district schools and worked with Zimmer in drafting the resolution, said its work would not be over until the program is funded.

The resolution comes after a fatal stabbing at South East High School last month, when 18-year-old student Abraham Lopez was arrested for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, Cindi Santana, 17, during lunch.

He also allegedly stabbed a dean and another student who attempted to intervene.

Officials say Santana's death added a measure of urgency to expanding the programs districtwide; the resolution has been underway for months.


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Photo: A memorial for Cindi Santana, who was fatally stabbed at South East High School, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend. Credit: Christina House / For The Times.