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.
—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

12/12 12:01 am | Students Who Can Manage Their Emotions Do Better in School, Large Scale Study Finds | The findings of a meta-analysis are likely to help bolster the case that schools that invest in teaching social-emotional skills to students will get a payoff in higher ...

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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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As a fellow classmate opened fire in the quad, members of the Saugus High School junior varsity basketball team huddled in the locker room waiting for word via text messages from friends and family that the violent attack had ended.
November 15, 2019 – AP
A school shooter who was 14 when he killed a 1st grader on a school playground in South Carolina after killing his father in their home was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.
November 14, 2019 – AP
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
A student gunman opened fire Thursday at a Southern California high school, killing two students, wounding three others and shooting himself in the head, authorities said. He was in grave condition.
November 14, 2019 – AP
Stop gawking at student protesters and start working with us, urge two high school climate activists.
October 23, 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
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

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