Violence in Schools

What can we do?

Recent Concern

"During the past decade, schools have become unfortunate targets for the rage of very disturbed students who seek to redress their grievances through acts of violence directed against innocent students and educators."

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The American Psychological Association (1993) identified four causal factors for youth violence:

 Early involvement with drugs and alcohol


 Easy access to weapons, especially handguns


 Depiction of violent acts in the media


 Association with antisocial groups

WHAT CAN WE DO?

 Secure the school


 Address the peer culture and its problems


 Involve parents in making the school safer


 Create a positive, inclusive school culture


 Develop a written school-safety and crisis response plan