Commentary: Wakanheza approach works better than knee-jerk reaction

11/13/2006 |

Rather than encouraging onlookers to call 911 when distressed parents seem ready to "lose it," this St. Paul Pioneer Press commentary recommends that onlookers simply approach the parents, ask for directions and even empathize with their situation. This Wakanheza approach, derived from a discipline that views children as "sacred beings," distracts the parents and usually deflates the situation, several violence-prevention groups have discovered.

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