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.

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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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02/21 02:49 pm | School Police and Civil Rights: A Primer for Administrators | An 11-year-old Florida student was arrested a school-based officer after he refused to say the pledge of allegiance. Civil rights groups have used such incidents to sound the ...

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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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Today’s high schoolers have been defined by mass school shootings, writes Jonathan E. Collins, and they’ve earned the right to redirect the conversation.
February 14, 2019 – Education Week
The executive committee of the organization that governs New Jersey high school athletes has approved a proposal to drastically reduce contact in football before and during the season.
February 13, 2019 – AP
Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a statewide grand jury to look at whether Florida's 67 school districts are following school safety laws enacted in the wake of a high school massacre.
February 13, 2019 – AP
Nearly a year later, the March for Our Lives movement can point to electoral and legislative wins and losses, some converts, and some dropouts. Can they keep it going?
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Patrick Petty is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School whose sister Alaina Petty was killed in the shooting there a year ago. He says friends and teachers make it bearable for him to remain in the school where his sister died.
February 12, 2019 – Education Week
Education Week asked those involved in issues of safety, guns, and youth engagement how Parkland has changed the debate. And we asked those directly affected by the shooting how it continues to shape their lives.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country.
February 10, 2019 – AP
The new ESPN documentary "Parkland 17" follows the Eagles over the course of their 2018 football season in the months following the Feb. 14 school shooting that killed 17 students and faculty members.
February 8, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
The takeaway from the Broward School District's closed-door meeting according to many of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School parents who attended on Thursday was that they were told nothing new.
February 1, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
A Virginia study documents an increase in race-related bullying in middle schools in communities that voted for President Donald Trump, and a drop in those that favored Hilary Clinton.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week

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