During his walk around a Nashville neighborhood, a police officer spots a disheveled young man sleeping in the alleyway of an apartment building. It’s a dangerous spot for sleep — cars speed through the narrow alley regularly, and early the next morning a garbage truck will be pulling up to empty a nearby dumpster. So the officer shakes the young man awake, to get him to move along, ideally to a shelter a few blocks away. The switch to wakefulness does not go well. The young man grows increasingly agitated, pulls away from the officer and begins to argue. A situation like this can escalate quickly when a person with mental illness is behaving erratically and a law enforcement officer […]
The mission of the Dawn School is to provide a safe, therapeutic educational environment in which students with significant social, behavioral, and emotional disabilities are provided an opportunity to maximize their academic potential while acquiring the life skills necessary to return to a less restrictive learning environment.
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Chattanooga, TN 37415