100 San Diego Students, Civic Leaders and Elected Officials to Participate In A Court TV Teen Forum on Youth Violence and Bullying

Court TV To Air Discussion Nationally

As Part of Its Choices and Consequences Initiative



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Court TV

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Court TV announced today that, at the
 request of San Diego cable television system operators Time Warner Cable and
 Cox Communications, it will host and televise a "town hall style" teen forum
 with 100 public school students from six area high schools and middle schools.
 The forum, which is part of Court TV's Choices and Consequences public service
 initiative, will involve school principals, teachers and psychologists, as
 well as Members of Congress and representatives of State and local government.
 Court TV, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable are sharing resources to
 produce the forum.
     The forum will take place from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm on Thursday,
 April 19th, in the theater of The School of Creative and Performing Arts, a
 magnet high school located at 2425 Dusk Drive in San Diego, CA.  Moderated by
 Court TV anchor Nancy Grace, the forum will focus on bullying and related
 issues including cliques, being picked on, and the need for tolerance.  It
 will also draw attention to positive programs that have already been developed
 to address these issues in schools.  One of those programs, a new high school
 curriculum developed by Court TV that addresses bullying, among other issues,
 will be demonstrated with a class of high school seniors - from 10:55 -
 11:45 am - immediately prior to the forum.
     The other schools participating in the forum include Kearny High School,
 Hoover High School, Marsten Middle School, and Marshall Middle School -- all
 located in San Diego -- and Roosevelt Middle School in Oceanside.
     The forum and the classroom demonstration will be open to the media. The
 forum will be taped and televised nationally by Court TV on Saturday, May 19,
 at 1:00 pm (ET). It will also be televised locally by both Cox Communications
 and Time Warner Cable at times still to be determined.
     "Court TV's public service initiative, Choices and Consequences, has been
 involved in the effort to reduce youth violence for four years," said Henry
 Schleiff, Chairman and CEO of Court TV. "Time Warner Cable and Cox
 Communications have worked with us on a number of initiatives during that
 time, and we are grateful for their assistance in this latest undertaking.  We
 hope that this teen forum will help illuminate the issues contributing to
 youth violence and help the process of healing throughout the San Diego
 community.  We also hope that high schools across the nation will take
 advantage of Court TV's new high school curriculum and other existing programs
 to help ease tensions and increase safety in our schools."
     Court TV's new high school curriculum focuses on such issues as bullying,
 the importance and difficulty of being an eyewitness to a crime, the use of
 force in self-defense, and the juvenile and adult court systems. Written by
 Street Law, Inc., a preeminent, non-profit curriculum developer, the
 curriculum is accessible to schools free of charge. It is based on taped
 excerpts of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television series Homicide:
 Life on the Street and takes the approach that high school students will be
 captivated by the appeal of the highly regarded television series and its
 characters.
     The high school curriculum was developed in response to requests from high
 school teachers who had seen Court TV's middle school curriculum.  The middle
 school curriculum, which is based on actual trial coverage of cases involving
 teenage perpetrators, has been proven in an independent research study to be
 effective in reducing adolescent aggression.
     Both the high school and the middle school curricula can be downloaded at
 http://www.courttv.com/choices.  The accompanying programming can be taped
 free of charge through Court TV's Cable in the Classroom feed.  A complete
 package of the printed curricula and programming is also available at a
 nominal cost by calling 1-800-333-7649.
     Cox Communications serves 750,000 customers in San Diego and also owns and
 operates Channel 4 San Diego.  Time Warner Cable-San Diego serves
 approximately 200,000 homes in the San Diego area.
     Court TV (http://www.courttv.com), a basic cable network, provides a
 window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that
 both informs and entertains.  As the destination for crime and justice
 programming, Court TV broadcasts trials by day and crime stories in the
 evening.  A service of AOL Time Warner and Liberty Media Corp., Court TV has
 over 55 million subscribers, has current commitments to reach 60 million, and
 expects to reach 65 million by the end of 2001.
 
 

SOURCE Court TV
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Court TV announced today that, at the
 request of San Diego cable television system operators Time Warner Cable and
 Cox Communications, it will host and televise a "town hall style" teen forum
 with 100 public school students from six area high schools and middle schools.
 The forum, which is part of Court TV's Choices and Consequences public service
 initiative, will involve school principals, teachers and psychologists, as
 well as Members of Congress and representatives of State and local government.
 Court TV, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable are sharing resources to
 produce the forum.
     The forum will take place from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm on Thursday,
 April 19th, in the theater of The School of Creative and Performing Arts, a
 magnet high school located at 2425 Dusk Drive in San Diego, CA.  Moderated by
 Court TV anchor Nancy Grace, the forum will focus on bullying and related
 issues including cliques, being picked on, and the need for tolerance.  It
 will also draw attention to positive programs that have already been developed
 to address these issues in schools.  One of those programs, a new high school
 curriculum developed by Court TV that addresses bullying, among other issues,
 will be demonstrated with a class of high school seniors - from 10:55 -
 11:45 am - immediately prior to the forum.
     The other schools participating in the forum include Kearny High School,
 Hoover High School, Marsten Middle School, and Marshall Middle School -- all
 located in San Diego -- and Roosevelt Middle School in Oceanside.
     The forum and the classroom demonstration will be open to the media. The
 forum will be taped and televised nationally by Court TV on Saturday, May 19,
 at 1:00 pm (ET). It will also be televised locally by both Cox Communications
 and Time Warner Cable at times still to be determined.
     "Court TV's public service initiative, Choices and Consequences, has been
 involved in the effort to reduce youth violence for four years," said Henry
 Schleiff, Chairman and CEO of Court TV. "Time Warner Cable and Cox
 Communications have worked with us on a number of initiatives during that
 time, and we are grateful for their assistance in this latest undertaking.  We
 hope that this teen forum will help illuminate the issues contributing to
 youth violence and help the process of healing throughout the San Diego
 community.  We also hope that high schools across the nation will take
 advantage of Court TV's new high school curriculum and other existing programs
 to help ease tensions and increase safety in our schools."
     Court TV's new high school curriculum focuses on such issues as bullying,
 the importance and difficulty of being an eyewitness to a crime, the use of
 force in self-defense, and the juvenile and adult court systems. Written by
 Street Law, Inc., a preeminent, non-profit curriculum developer, the
 curriculum is accessible to schools free of charge. It is based on taped
 excerpts of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television series Homicide:
 Life on the Street and takes the approach that high school students will be
 captivated by the appeal of the highly regarded television series and its
 characters.
     The high school curriculum was developed in response to requests from high
 school teachers who had seen Court TV's middle school curriculum.  The middle
 school curriculum, which is based on actual trial coverage of cases involving
 teenage perpetrators, has been proven in an independent research study to be
 effective in reducing adolescent aggression.
     Both the high school and the middle school curricula can be downloaded at
 http://www.courttv.com/choices.  The accompanying programming can be taped
 free of charge through Court TV's Cable in the Classroom feed.  A complete
 package of the printed curricula and programming is also available at a
 nominal cost by calling 1-800-333-7649.
     Cox Communications serves 750,000 customers in San Diego and also owns and
 operates Channel 4 San Diego.  Time Warner Cable-San Diego serves
 approximately 200,000 homes in the San Diego area.
     Court TV (http://www.courttv.com), a basic cable network, provides a
 window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that
 both informs and entertains.  As the destination for crime and justice
 programming, Court TV broadcasts trials by day and crime stories in the
 evening.  A service of AOL Time Warner and Liberty Media Corp., Court TV has
 over 55 million subscribers, has current commitments to reach 60 million, and
 expects to reach 65 million by the end of 2001.
 
 SOURCE  Court TV