School Violence: Education & Prevention. Kathleen Szychulski COUN 511. INTRODUCTION.
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Definition –School violence is “any behavior that violates a school’s mission or climate of respect or jeopardizes the intent of the school to be free of aggression against persons or property, drugs, weapons, disruptions, and disorder.”
From July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005, there were 48 school-associated deaths in elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.
Incidents of crime are reported at 96% of high schools, 94% of middle schools, and 74% of primary schools.
The percentage of public schools experiencing one or more violent incidents increased between the 1999-2000 and 2003-04 school years, from 71 to 81 percent.
In 2005, four percent of students ages 12-18 reported being victimized at school during the past six months.
In 2003-04, 10% of teachers in central city schools were threatened with injury by students, compared with 6% of teachers in urban fringe schools and 5% of teachers in rural schools. Five percent of teachers in central city schools were attacked by students, compared with 3% of teachers in urban fringe and 2% of teachers in rural schools.
This site contains many articles dealing with the topic of violence in schools.
Schools Combat ViolenceWhat's being done to combat violence in America's schools? What can school administrators and teachers do? Should disruptive students be expelled? These are some of the problems educators, lawmakers, and other experts are tackling today.
NSSC: "Making a Difference" The site for the National School Safety Center, which in addition to collecting statistics on school violence, offers information on keeping schools safe.
Two recent government reports on violence, crime and discipline in U.S. schools: How do they compare? A comparison of two government reports, the one mentioned in our article, "Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools: 1996-97" and "Students' Reports of School Crime: 1989 and 1995." The first was released in March; the latter was released in April.
Students' Reports of School Crime: 1989 and 1995 Hot off the press (released 4/12/98), this report comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Among other facts the report reveals that the percent of students reporting street gang presence at school nearly doubled between 1989 and 1995, from 15.3 percent to 28.4 percent. The percentage of students reporting that they'd been victims of a violent crime increased from 3.4 percent to 4.2 percent. The percentage of students who reported seeing another student with a gun at school and who reported knowing another student who brought a gun to school was 5.3 percent and 12.7 percent (1995 only). Read the full report for more statistics.
Guns + Kids = Tragedy An online conversation explores what's behind the tragedy of kids and violence.
An Urban High School With No Violence An Education Week editorial looks at an Oakland, Calif., high school that has fostered a safe environment. (Type the above headline into the search engine to locate the article.)
Rise in Classroom Violence Alarms Educators An Associated Press story from the Charlotte (N.C.) News & Observer presents teachers' fears of violence in schools.