Safety and Violence

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Trey Clayton, 19, sits on his porch in Sarah, Miss. A school paddling in 2011 led to serious injuries for Clayton, who now says, “I do believe in discipline, but I believe there’s certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening.”
—Yalonda M. James for Education Week

Miss. Man's Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling

In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He's sorry he did. (August 23, 2016)

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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
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The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.
May 22, 2017 – AP
A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed—sexual aggression among classmates.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse.
May 22, 2017 – AP
Schools facing reports of student-on-student sexual assault long have been warned by the courts about potential monetary liabilities. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has offered schools guidance on how to prevent and respond to such attacks.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults.
May 22, 2017 – AP
An Education Week Research Center analysis finds that 1 in 100 special education students was physically restrained or placed in seclusion from classmates in 2013-14.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Short-staffed, underfunded, and under fire, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights became a victim of its own success as it struggled to investigate the increase in complaints and hold school districts accountable.
May 15, 2017 – AP
Thousands of school-age offenders are treated annually for sexual aggression in the United States, yet experts see no standard profile of personality, background, or motivation.
May 15, 2017 – AP
What can parents do if they believe their child has been the victim of sexual abuse at school?
May 2, 2017 – AP
Most states track student sexual assaults, though methods are inconsistent and reporting sometimes incomplete, the Associated Press found in a year-long investigation.
May 1, 2017 – AP

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