Safety and Violence

The latest news about safety and violence in schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Students Sherouk Mohamed, right, Karim Muse, center, and Khadra Mohamed, took part in a protest at Columbia Heights High School in Columbia Heights, Minn., last fall.
—Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune/AP-File

Feds Urge Schools to Shield Muslim Students From Harassment

Amid heightened worries over terrorism and heated political discourse, some students may feel targeted because of their religion or background. (January 12, 2016)

Spotlight on Bullying

This Spotlight focuses on how educators and policymakers are working to prevent bullying and the harmful experiences associated with it.

Issue Backgrounder

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On-Demand Webinar

When Cyberbullying Spills Into School
In this webinar, experts on bullying discussed strategies on how to address and combat bullying in school and online.

Special Collections

A Lingering Shame: Sexual Abuse of Students by School Employees
This special collection of stories assembles reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue.

Columbine: 10 Years Later
A decade on, this collection looks at the events, survivors, and lessons gleaned from the attack at a Colorado high school.

The Virginia Tech Shootings
The mass slaying at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute revived vexing questions and raised familiar fears for K-12 educators across the country.

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In the wake of a spate of police-related shootings, educators grapple with how to help students—and one another—process the grief and address bigger issues of race and law enforcement.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Following the killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., educator Peter DeWitt considers how to create a positive climate for students.
June 16, 2016 – Education Week
Amid the contentious debate over transgender restroom policies, Amira Hasenbush of the Williams Institute at UCLA delves into the relevant research.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Katherine and Kenia were among the recent surge of Central American children fleeing to the U.S. Now they're graduating from high school.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Monique W. Morris, author and researcher, discusses the plight of black girls, who are disproportionately turned out of K-12 schools.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
School resource officers and the schools they serve require a culture shift to reduce the discipline rates of girls of color, writes Rebecca Epstein.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
Reports of student victimization at public schools continue long pattern of decline while students' fear of harm at school also drops.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers shouldn't shy away from exposing students to thorny ethical issues in developmentally appropriate ways, writes educator Zoe Weil.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
A coalition of groups asked the FBI to dismantle its "Don't Be a Puppet" website, which the agency created to educate youth about violent extremism but has been criticized as targeting American Muslims and encouraging the policing of thoughts in schools.
April 6, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune

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