hurs y, May 27, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wolf Elementary cops' hang tough
E sTON, Pa. (Al)-A grade school here
s trying to turn a violence-filled televi-
inn program into a tool to make unruly
The trick, said officials of the Wolf
Fleientary School, is to let the boys-
sged 9 to 11-play roles created for the
s rogram "S.W.A.T." The boys act
c their own versions of "S.W.A.T."
er ring the plots themselves.
TILE TELEVISION drama fictionalizes
the work of a paramilitary Special Weap-
ons and Tactics police squad. The ABC
program has been criticized as one of
the more violent shows on television and
has been canceled for next fall because
of low ratings.
But school officials said the violence
in the school's version of the show is
played down and the teamwork empha-
sized. Nevertheless, the youngsters re-
cently armed themselves heavily with
toy guns to pose in front of a state
Whatever the program's emphasis, its
creator said this week that it does work,
and parents agree.
"THE BOYS were having a lot of
problems getting along with each other,"
said counselor Jack 'ass. "They would
band together-threaten to beat up an-
Now, he said, it "is like night and day.
They're not angels, but there's been a
noticeable change in class. And their
enthusiasm for school is a lot better."
"I think it's pretty neat," said Shirley
Fillebrown, whose son Wayne is in the
group. "Wayne is a rough child. Ile likes
his own way. I've been to school quite
a few times about him. But now he's
not as bad as he used to be. It'll settle
hins ulown a little bit."
VASS SAID the idea camne up after the
tsual group counseling failed. lIe said
he wanted a common gal the soys could
work toward, and "ole of them brotught
up 'S.W.A.T.' Thev wcre all interested in
it and I thought, t'\hy not int on otr
own show?' "
S ri£ inc Nvembe, the Oys1(1 hav;11 Met
witti Vlis fiur' 25 ittimiits's etcsh aweek to
swr't. a sh'w,' list act it t
''Ws're ipsayin, dttwvn th'e ilrtici,"
s'id s'1hotl Principtis' tl W'villi;am Kauhres.
"Vass isbiildin1g uip the teamtswrk nied-
edt ito solve the probls- 'S ' A' dets
SC'ItrOL officials said thes haven't te
'eid ity complaints, but Vass siid
6h a ome concern this month whet,
the newsPaper printed the picture of tie
"They missed the point," Vass said.
"Guns have little effect in our story.
The criminal will be caught without fir-
ing a sht.'"
Dr. Meade hee sr, superintendent of
the district, which is 60 miles north of
Philadelphia, said she tot sthought the
Bang, bang -you're dead
FIV E EASTON, PA., hoys pose with real cops and real guns in front of a real helicopter. The boys have been acting out
roles from the TV series "S.W.A.T." as part of a program to make cooperative citizens out of them.
SLansing delays D
By CHRIS PARKS The meetings broke tip, Crim said
f sit vwelrFvtllsACAy' when Oakland County representatives in
LANSING (UPI) - The state House dicated they wanted time to conside
'osta l ripoff leadership has failed again to line up whether their chances for obtaining ap
If your collection of Conway Twit- votes needed to pass the $27.8 million proval of the subsidy would be better i
s Greatest hits never arrived in the aid package for financially ailing De- it was considered in a separate bill.
ail chances are it's gone for a good troit, but another attempt was sched- If the Oakland County lawmakers de
irpose - helping to bail out the cash uled yesterday. cide to keep trying to insert the subsidy
arved Postal Service. The Postal Ser- It was to be the second morning ses- in the Detroit bill, they probably wil
ice is making profits from auctioning sion scheduled this week - an unusual have to accept a reduction to $750,00
If books and records after its new occurence in the House which generally -
tail sorting machines have ripped them meets only Monday evening and week-
'ow their wrappers. Spokespeople for day afternoons.
te book and record industry said Tues- ACCORDING to House Speaker Bobby
sy that their merchandise has re- Crim (D-Davison) a vote on the Detroit
tived unprecidented damage since aid package was delayed to give repre- +Uj
ie Postal Service began using an auto- sentatives from Oakland County a o n iN IX O S
atic system for sorting packages. chance to decide whether they want to
[aybe the new equipment was designed give up their efforts to place the an-
sate the Postal Service from bank- nual $800,000 Pontiac Stadium subsidy By LOUIS MOORE
p~t'y, in the Detroit bill. The stadium is in The book has been selling out in book
i ~~~~~Oakland County.,h okhs enslig u nbo
Tuakln ystbbonopoistores across the country, breaking sev
Ppen~~~~ngS ~Tuesday, stubborn opposition from e-lpbihn eod.CnioeBo
la p pe n ng s.. some Detroit ae representatives both eral publishing records, Centicore Book"
area r shop on Maynard Street in Ann Arbor
... the Peoples Bicentennial Commis- conservative Republicans and liberal anticipating the rash, increased their in
is presenting ingmar Bergman's Democrats, kept the subsidy out of the itial order twenty-fold.
=les from a marriage at the MLB bill.
d. 3 at 7 and 10 p.m, ... there is However, at least in part because Such stories are common when talk
GEO Stewards' Council meeting at Oakland County representatives were ing about "The Final Days," Washing
' in the Rackham East Conference antagonized by the vote, the Detroit aid ton Post reporters Bob Woodward and
* package also was not passed. Carl Bernstein's inside account of Rich
Veather or not IN A SERIES of meetings off the ard Nixon's fall from power. Ann Arbor
Highs today l b House floor yesterday, House leaders at- bookstores have taken varying approach
or notuwis in the low 70's tempted to arrange an agreement be- es in peddling the book.
ts lows in the mid 40's. Winds will tween the warring factions over the
light, from the southeast. subsidy. Accordint to JnA r Jo G,,,. (l-
SHE SAID THE conseling "is a unique
situation, not something we'd do through-
out the district. When I saw the news-
paper picture, I was concerned that peo-
ple would think it was the paramount
thing we do here--children using guns.
But I understand the motivation for it
so I have no negative reaction to it."
this year and a statement of intent to
cut the subsidy by $100,000 per year
starting next year, Crim said.
THE SUBSIDY, which began two
years ago, was to have run for 30 years.
Opponents claimed it primarily bene-
fits a wealthy private enterprise - the
Detroit Lions football team, which uses
Border's Bookshop on State Street, two
early shipment of fifty copies each sold
out rapidly. But recently, he noted, sales
have slowed up somewhat.
At Centicore, owner Jim Randolph
said, " 'The Final Days' is probably our
best seller. There's an enormous spurt
of interest in Watergate."
Randolph says he has sold hundreds of
copies of the book and sales are still
booming despite the fact that the tra-
ditional summer lull has caused a dip
in overall business,
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