Safety and Violence

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

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.
—T.J. Kirkpatrick/Redux for Education Week

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
Education Week's coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and their aftermath.

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.

Rules for Engagement Blog

04/17 01:16 am | Fewer Fights and Increased Security: What New Data Say About School Safety | Amid public concerns about school safety fueled by high-profile school shootings, new federal data show reports of student fights, bullying, and other forms of victimization ...

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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.

Leader to Learn From

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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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
Authorities in Colorado have found the 18-year-old Miami Beach High student who traveled to Colorado, bought a shotgun and threatened violence against schools days before the anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High, according to media reports.
April 17, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
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 17, 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 17, 2019 – Education Week
The Broward School Board undermined the families of the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, promising to do what’s right for those killed and injured while dragging its feet in negotiations, attorneys for the victims said.
April 10, 2019 – AP
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
School board members and parents are looking for answers after a 5th grader died from injuries suffered in a fight at a South Carolina elementary school.
March 28, 2019 – AP
School safety trainings, especially those that simulate shooting scenarios, can be physically and emotionally painful for educators, and can leave districts open to lawsuits.
March 24, 2019 – Education Week
Public schools in Charlottesville, Va., remain closed for a second day as authorities investigate a racist threat that was posted online.
March 22, 2019 – AP
With deep concerns about safety, schools look for ways to blend security features that students hardly notice with welcoming learning environments for them.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week

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