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Ensuring Safe School Environments: Exploring Issues--seeking by Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Gwen Schroth, Terry R. Berkeley

By Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Gwen Schroth, Terry R. Berkeley

Making sure secure university Environments: Exploring Issues--Seeking options provides examine findings and knowledge approximately university violence, with a spotlight on options for expanding tuition safeguard. in accordance with a different topical factor of Rural specific schooling Quarterly, the unique magazine articles were rewritten to deal with secure faculties from the point of view of suburban and concrete, in addition to rural environments. themes contain the frequency of violence in those diverse settings; violence because it without delay affects institution directors; recommendations for fighting and addressing violence at either the varsity and person degrees; and how you can paintings with the neighborhood either out and in of faculties. half I makes a speciality of concerns. partly II, strategies which were used to house formative years violence are provided for readers to think about, together with chapters on potent clash administration practices, behavioral help plans, school-community relatives, the improvement of a being concerned college neighborhood so as to reduce traits towards violence, and a version which demonstrates an in-practice, state-wide software designed to aid within the improvement of a community-focused tuition. every one bankruptcy concludes with dialogue questions and a case learn to reinforce figuring out of and mirrored image at the concerns surrounding university violence. The textual content is meant as supplementary fabric for any path getting ready university directors. offering either examine and perform, the textual content could be a consultant for practising institution directors of their look for how you can insure the security and health of the scholars whom they serve, in addition to a source for people in different community-based human provider organizations who care for institution violence.

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Isolation, hopelessness, and fatalism, coupled with the steady deterioration of stabilizing social institutions in the inner city and the inherent difficulties of maintaining security through normal agents of social control, have fostered an environment where “success” implies predation and survival depends on one’s ability to defend against it. (p. 89) In 1978 the Vocational Foundation in New York City produced a white paper entitled “Our Turn to Listen” that revealed the following: Across the country, ghetto youths are between 10 and 20 times more likely than other young people to be arrested for violent offenses-from assault to 2.

32 l l l l Use of marijuana and LSD is significantly higher for urban communities but use of smokeless tobacco is higher among rural youth (Donnermeyer, 1994). One in five rural males abuse smokeless tobacco on a daily basis. The use and abuse of alcohol are similar for urban and rural students (Donnermeyer,l994). , 1995). Guns. Nationally, the sale of weapons, of deadly force has increased for several years and is reaching all walks of life. Gun control is a serious, politically driven debate and conclusions are far from within our grasp.

Educators’ Concerns. Despite the lack of research on rural school violence, one comparative study in particular is helpful. Petersen and a group of researchers (1998) investigated violence in school districts of varying sizes, representing Northwest, West, Midwest, South, East, and Northeast regions of the United States. The districts studied were then identified as urban, suburban, or rural. Teachers and administrators listed, in rank order, the 10 violence-related behaviors in their schools that increased the most in the past 2 years.

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