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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The weekend’s mass killings in Ohio and Texas redoubled the national conversation set off by school massacres last year about guns, the roots of violence, and what schools can do.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
The problems facing educators are changing. Schools of education need to keep up, writes Johns Hopkins University's ed. school dean Christopher Morphew.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
New federal data point to upticks in the percentages of schools reporting violent crimes, hiring school police, and undertaking gentler, more proactive efforts to deal with students’ misbehavior.
July 25, 2019 – Education Week
Three presidential candidates have pledged to nominate a teacher to the Education Secretary position during a National Education Association forum.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Municipal leaders in both Chicago and New York are seeking arrangements that are less reliant on assigning local police officers to work in schools.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
School safety, student data privacy, and the charter sector all drew significant attention in this year’s legislative sessions, most of which have now wrapped up.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Before district administrators deploy new technologies that vacuum up digital data in an effort to keep schools and students safe, they need to question the potential impacts on privacy and civil liberties, and whether the technologies are effective.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Teachers Deserve More
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Florida’s efforts to expand digital surveillance of students in the name of school safety have been delayed amid privacy concerns, legal questions, and bureaucratic snafus, an Education Week investigation found.
May 30, 2019 – Education Week
To prevent shootings and suicides, K-12 schools are monitoring breathtaking amounts of digital information, often with little regard for civil liberties. Internal district records highlight the messy situations that arise.
May 30, 2019 – Education Week

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