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.

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

01/16 04:55 pm | 'Accidental' Shooting in Houston High School Sparks New Rounds of Questions | A school shooting in Houston has set off yet another round of questions about how students manage to get guns onto campuses undetected. But the Texas tragedy also calls ...


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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Education Week is tracking shootings in K-12 schools this year. So far in 2020, there've been 2 shootings in K-12 schools that killed or injured people.
January 11, 2020 – Education Week
Inside the new $48 million Fruitport High School, extensive window glass, elegant lighting, and modern furniture give this Michigan public school the feel of an upscale college campus. But its modern security measures are tucked inside in subtle ways through architectural innovation.
January 8, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
A Denver radio station has canceled a scheduled program after one of the hosts said a school shooting would help break up media coverage of impeachment proceedings.
December 19, 2019 – AP
Principals rarely take part in the selection of school resource officers who work in their buildings. That’s a big mistake, experts say.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Advocacy groups that emerged in the wake of mass school shootings are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden gun rights as the justices consdier a Second Amendment case.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Lively debate persists around this playground game, which opponents say is ripe territory for bullies and which supporters argue builds skills like teamwork and resilience.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
The shooting death of a 10-year-old spectator at a high school football game exposes a critical vulnerability and crucial responsibility for schools: keeping people safe at events outside school buildings.
November 21, 2019 – Education Week
Schools, often under-resourced when it comes to mental-health professionals and services, face daunting challenges when it comes to detecting—and intervening—when students are in crisis.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Two students were killed and three other students were injured in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., Thursday, the 22nd school shooting resulting in death or injury by gunfire in 2019.
November 14, 2019 – Education Week
Stop gawking at student protesters and start working with us, urge two high school climate activists.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week

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