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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Ten tips for constructively engaging students on divisive political, social, racial, and economic issues, from H. Richard Milner IV.
August 16, 2017 – Education Week
A judge overseeing a civil lawsuit in northeast Arkansas awarded $150 million to the families of five people who were fatally shot outside an Arkansas school in 1998.
August 15, 2017 – AP
Democrats pushed back Thursday against a Republican measure that would allow Wisconsin high schools to offer gun safety courses, arguing such classes aren't appropriate and could generate fear in classrooms.
August 3, 2017 – AP
The number of violent attacks and incidents of bullying in American public schools has gone down in recent years, according to a federal report.
July 27, 2017 – AP
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

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