Safety and Violence

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

Brian Long, left, and Kim Long, right, with their son Brennan Long last year. Brennan was left with two shattered thigh bones after being restrained by a staff member in his Louisville school in 2014.
—Sam Upshaw Jr./Louisville Courier-Journal-File

70,000 Students With Disabilities Secluded, Restrained in School

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 16, 2017)

Spotlight on Bullying

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

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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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The voices of school resource officers and black girls belong in the conversation about student discipline, write Monique W. Morris and Rebecca Epstein.
October 16, 2017 – Education Week
Overreacting to student misbehavior can aggravate matters and even push students to drop out, notes Steven C. Teske.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
School resource officers can be an asset to communities, but only with the right training, writes educator John Rosiak.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
As they use more-elaborate safety drills to prepare for a gunman on campus, schools face a profound challenge: how to prepare young students for the worst without stoking fear.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Houston education officials estimate it will cost $700 million to repair and replace schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
Long-running research on Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin, Mo., tornado suggest that Texas schools will be dealing with Harvey's aftereffects for years.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
A new analysis of gun violence data reveals there's one city that far and away leads the country in its rate of shootings among young people under 18—Wilmington, Del.
September 8, 2017 – AP
Most of the CDC recommendations for fixing "epidemic levels" of gun violence in Wilmington, Del., remain unfulfilled even as shootings continue to claim young lives.
September 8, 2017 – AP
Savannah, Ga., and Syracuse, N.Y., share a grim reality: teenagers there are being shot at rates far higher than in most U.S. cities.
September 8, 2017 – AP
Ten tips for constructively engaging students on divisive political, social, racial, and economic issues, from H. Richard Milner IV.
August 16, 2017 – Education Week

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