Resources on the Web
A number of groups offer guides and information on school violence and safety. Here is a sampling of the information available on the World Wide Web:
"Keep Schools Safe,'' from the National Association of Attorneys General and the National School Boards Association, provides up-to-date information on successful programs and ideas to help communities work toward safer schools.
"Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools,'' from the U.S. departments of Education and Justice, offers a summary of the research on violence prevention, intervention, and crisis response in schools. www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/gtss.html
The National School Safety Center, which works for the prevention of school crime and violence, reviews school safety surveys and offers a checklist of typical characteristics of young people who have been involved in school-related violent deaths.
The Center for Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado provides fact sheets on such topics as "Safe School Planning,'' "School Violence and Social Conditions,'' and "Reducing School Violence.''
"Crisis Response: Resources on Responding to a School Tragedy," from the National Association of School Psychologists, is designed to help schools cope with a significant crisis or trauma. The site includes "Schoolyard Tragedies: Coping With the Aftermath." www.nasponline.org/crisisresources/schoolviolence.html
The Virginia Youth Violence Project, an initiative of the Curry school of education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, identifies effective methods and policies for youth-violence prevention and response, especially in schools.
The American Psychological Association and MTV have co-produced "Warning Signs of Teen Violence,'' a guide designed to help young people recognize when classmates or friends might be potential dangers to themselves or others.
The Center for the Prevention of School Violence at North Carolina State University in Raleigh focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and is a nationally recognized source of help for school resource-officer programs.