Safety and Violence

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

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)

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 school district is building its own police department from scratch, putting officers through specialized training on how to build positive relationships with students and work in school settings.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
A series of violent incidents in the city's schools—including contentious encounters involving police—has eroded trust and divided some students, teachers, and administrators, making the district's efforts to revamp school security challenging.
February 8, 2016 – Education Week
In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
Niya Kenny didn't expect a cellphone video she made of a classmate's violent arrest would also send her to jail and ignite fierce debate over police in schools.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
A dearth of research makes it difficult to know how school-based police impact school climate and student safety, but studies currently underway seek to generate more data and better understanding.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
An attack on a Chicago 18-year-old is a reminder that children and youths with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable, something federal education officials have aimed to address.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
A deadly crash in Tennessee has sparked fresh calls for better bus safety, but no consensus on seat belts.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
The Georgia Supreme Court delivered a blow to gun rights activists in a ruling that said a law that prohibits guns at school property trumps one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones.
November 1, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
Experts say the recent elementary school shooting in Townville, S.C., should prompt educators and parents to reinforce fundamental safety efforts.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Protecting students’ civil rights and limiting overly harsh discipline are the goals of new guidelines on school policing.
September 14, 2016 – Education Week

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