Safety and Violence

The latest news about safety and violence in schools, including articles, opinion essays, 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.
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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
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

10/23 03:04 pm | The Secret to Improving Students' Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults | Teachers, administrators, and school support staff must understand their own social-emotional abilities before they can impart those skills to students, according to new ...


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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September 16, 2020 – Education Week
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September 9, 2020 – Education Week
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September 9, 2020 – Education Week
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September 3, 2020 – Education Week
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September 2, 2020 – Education Week
If communities don't want pods to further open educational opportunity gaps linked to race and income gaps, local leaders must step up, write Bryan Hassel and Sharon Barrett.
September 3, 2020 – Education Week
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August 19, 2020 – Education Week
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