Safety and Violence

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Brian Hall, a community safety officer dedicated to the elementary schools in the Prince William County school system, watches as a group of students walk to their classroom at Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Va.
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Schools Are Spending Millions on Safety. How Will They Know It's Working?

Researchers who study school security worry that K-12 leaders don’t have good data to back up their decision-making on school safety investments. They want to help. (November 13, 2018)

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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage
On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history.

The Newtown School Shootings
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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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Gallery: School Violence in Books, Movies, TV, and More
School massacres and mayhem have been a dark thread in popular culture for decades. Browse this collection of moments when school violence made its way into movies, literature, television, music, video games, and theater.

School Officers: Who They Are; What They Do
School resource officers began increasing after the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, but little is known about this specialized law enforcement profession. The Education Week Research Center surveyed SROs to provide insights into their training and roles.

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Dale Marsden: Recognized for Leadership in School Climate and Safety
Dale Marsden has lived a superintendent’s worst nightmare—armed intruders threatening his students or staff—not just once, but twice in the five years he’s led this large school district.

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Nearly 2,000 people turned out for a memorial service to honor the Colorado teenager who was killed while charging one of the two gunmen who opened fire inside a high school and shot nine people just days before graduation.
May 16, 2019 – AP
Flo Rice, a substitute teacher who was grievously wounded in last year’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, said the incident exposed a massive blind spot in school safety: little to no emergency preparation for subs like her.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students, at least in some situations, to do what they can to disrupt shootings.
May 10, 2019 – AP
"I guess this is just what we should expect, right? Going into teaching?" asked a preservice teacher during the lockdown at UNC Charlotte last week.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson said in a 14-page rebuttal to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission that he secured the three-story building where the shooting happened as he was trained.
May 3, 2019 – AP
More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school.
May 1, 2019 – AP
A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case that revealed a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.
April 19, 2019 – AP
Frank DeAngelis, who was the principal of Columbine High School from 1996-2014, talks about the steps he took to heal students and staff in the wake of the school shooting.
April 16, 2019 – Education Week
The group of 17 principals—all of them who had gunfire injure or kill people in their schools—aims to be a pro-active source of support and advice for school leaders after a shooting.
April 16, 2019 – Education Week
Hurricane Maria created hard decisions, scarce resources, and an opportunity for the island's Department of Education, writes Julia Keleher.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week

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