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Emergency Response and Preparedness Training. Overview of School Violence National Labor College August 6, 2008 – Silver Spring, Maryland Sterling Roberson Director of School Safety and Health United Federation of Teachers, Local # 2

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Emergency Response and Preparedness Training

Overview of School Violence

National Labor College

August 6, 2008 – Silver Spring, Maryland

Sterling Roberson

Director of School Safety and Health

United Federation of Teachers, Local # 2

This material was produced under grant number SH-17035-08-60-F-11 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. These materials do not necessarily reflect views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of any trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S.Government.


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Safety in Schools

A Collective Responsibility

  • Teachers

  • Administrators

  • Parents

  • Community

  • Students


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SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

  • Over a five (5) year period from 2000-2004,

    teachers were the victims of approximately 1,603,000 nonfatal crimes at school.

  • This includes 1,004,000 thefts and 599,000 violent crimes (assaults, robbery, rape , and sex offense).

  • On average, this translates into 321,000 nonfatal crimes, and 80,000 violent crimes per year.


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SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM

Senate Judiciary Committee on Media Violence

By the age of 18, an American child has seen:

  • 16,000 simulated murders

  • 200,000 acts of violence

    = 11,111 acts of violence per year

    = 926 acts of violence per month

    = 214 acts of violence per week

    = 31 acts of violence per day


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Percentage of Law Enforcement Agencies Reporting Gang Problems, 2002-2006

Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


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Percentage of Agencies with Gang Problems that reported an Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006

Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


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SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006

Hamilton Fish Institute

  • 287,000 weapons enter into U.S. schools in any 30 day period;

    Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007

  • In 2005, some 19% of students (in grades 9–12) reported they had carried a weapon with them;

  • 6% of students reported they had carried a weapon on school property.


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Four things that ensures Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006Safe, Secure Schools

  • State Law

  • School District Safety Regulations

  • Code of Conduct

  • Collective Bargaining Agreement


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State Law Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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SAFE SCHOOLS AGAINST VIOLENCE IN EDUCATION ACT Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006S.A.V.E. LEGISLATION

Major Provisions:

  • Safety plans

  • Emergency response plans

  • Codes of conduct

  • Teacher authority/principal authority

  • Mandated Uniform Violent Incident Reporting

  • Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education

  • Health curriculum

  • Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education

  • School Violence Prevention Training

  • Whistleblower protection

  • Fingerprinting

  • Assaults of teachers

  • Child abuse reporting

  • Prohibiting silent resignations

  • Teachers discipline

  • Court notification


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Chancellor’s Regulation Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Code of Conduct Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Discipline Code Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Code of Conduct Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Code of Conduct Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Collective Bargaining Agreement Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006


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Safe Secure Schools Increase in Gang-Related Crime, 2006

  • Shared Decision Making

  • Roles and responsibilities clearly defined

  • Accountability

  • Professional Development



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What should schools do to ensure that they are safe and secure?

  • Develop functioning School Safety Committees;

  • Conduct Violence Prevention Training Workshops;

  • Training & Enforcement of the Code of Conduct

  • Intervention Programs (conflict resolution, individual and group counseling, peer mediation, mentoring, etc.)


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School Safety Committee Members secure?

At The Minimum:

  • The Principal

  • Principal(s)/Designee

  • UFT Chapter Leader/ Union Representative

  • Parent Association President/Designee

  • School Safety Agent(s) – Level 3/Designee

  • NYPD Precinct C.O./Designee

  • Custodial Engineer/Designee

  • Student Representatives

    All parties listed above must “sign-off” on the plan


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