While meanness, disrespect, misunderstanding and temper flare-ups are part of life everywhere, in some neighborhoods they can be life-or-death issues. Teaching social skills, empathy, respect and the ability to listen are absolutely crucial.
Remember the eight extraordinary students in Little Rock who ultimately required the presence of troops for their safe passage into the school they finally integrated? Where was Derrion Albert's safe passage?
When I was a pastor on the West Side I found myself in the middle of rioting students on more than one occasion. What happened? Since the riots weren't caught on video, we didn't get any help from the White House.