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

10/17 01:17 pm | Teen Suicides Rising Sharply, Federal Data Show | Suicide rates increased by 76 percent for 15- to 19-year-olds between 2007 and 2017 and nearly tripled for 10- 14-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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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Stop gawking at student protesters and start working with us, urge two high school climate activists.
October 14, 2019 – Education Week
Two researchers wanted to understand data-driven pathways for preventing school shootings. Here's what they found.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Question Trends, Not Teachers
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Proposed changes include new data about sexual violence by and against school staff, harassment based on religion, and an end to breaking down pre-K enrollment by race.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
After a viral story about a Florida school resource officer's arrest of two young students, here are best practices for monitoring school police conduct.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
The sheriff suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis over the Parkland high school shooting should be reinstated, a Florida Senate official said, arguing the governor failed to show the sheriff's policies or alleged negligence were to blame for the massacre of 17 people.
September 25, 2019 – AP
As shootings break out at high school athletic events, districts must grapple with major questions about their role in keeping venues safe.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Orlando Police Department Officer Dennis Turner, who sparked national outrage after arresting two 6-year-old students at a charter school last week, has been fired, Chief Orlando Rolón said Monday evening.
September 24, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Students shouldn't have to leave school to get serious about climate change, writes Eben Bein. We have the power to change that.
October 1, 2019 – Education Week
Equipping teachers to help transgender students feel safe and included requires special training, advocates say.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week

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