Perspectives on School Violence and School Policies

Douglas G. McKenzie, Grand Valley State University

In recent years, several sensational acts of school killings have focused our attention of how to respond to violence in our nation's schools. How should parents, teachers, and students react? What type of policies should be implemented to prevent recurrences of senseless acts of violence? This paper examines various policies and procedures that schools have implemented to address these acts of violence, aggression, and crime among our youth. The paper reviews research on the definitions and frequency of various different acts of school violence. It explores the type of data and variables that are collected about school violence as well as the problems associated with collecting and distributing school violence and school crime data. The paper presents recommendations for further research assessing safe schools and violence prevention.

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Updated 05/20/2006