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.

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06/18 03:38 pm | Suicide Rate Among Adolescents at Highest Point Since 2000 | Among 15- to 19-year-olds, the suicide rate rose from eight deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 11.8 per 100,000 in 2017, according to a report released by the Centers for ...

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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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In disaster-ridden Houston, an online simulation trains teachers to recognize and respond to signs of trauma in students.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Safe School Procedures Are a Must
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
In the wake of anti-immigrant violence, we must help make sure that all students feel welcomed, writes Susana Cordova.
August 20, 2019 – Education Week
Disturbing behavior that the Dayton gunman reportedly exhibited in his youth may be detailed in law enforcement and school files so far off limits to the public, records that could shed light on whether authorities properly handled early warning signs.
August 16, 2019 – AP
The killer may have known El Paso's demographics, but he did not know our community's heart, writes teacher Christina Mier.
August 14, 2019 – Education Week
News outlets report two former students are accused of breaking into their Tennessee high school and stealing an assault weapon and bulletproof vests from the resource officer's gun safe.
August 12, 2019 – AP
As Broward schools struggle to protect their campuses with armed security, Sheriff Gregory Tony offered a possible solution: Allow his office to take over school policing countywide.
August 12, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
We don't elect leaders to offer thoughts and prayers, writes Leslie Boggs. It's time for those lawmakers to pass common-sense gun reform.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
After a deadly shooting that killed 22 people, most of them Hispanic, in El Paso, Texas, superintendents in school systems serving many U.S.-born Hispanic and Latino students, as well as immigrant and undocumented youth, are facing deep anxieties about safety and racism.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
Ohio's Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.
August 6, 2019 – Education Week

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