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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stated recently that guns are not a focus of a federal school safety commission meant to tackle school shootings. Africa Studio/www.shutterstock.com

School safety commission misses the mark by ignoring guns

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said a school safety commission won't focus on guns, a school safety scholar says the commission may miss an important part of the discussion.
Peer rejection is common among school shooters, but does that explain their actions? Sabphoto/www.shutterstock.om

Peer rejection isn’t the culprit behind school shootings

While many school shooters suffered peer rejection of some sort, research doesn't support the idea that peer rejection is the culprit behind shootings, a scholar argues.
Students walk out of school in March 2018 as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence. Lynne Sladky/AP

Could protest curb school violence? Lessons from the opt-out movement

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for a school boycott to change the nation's gun laws and make schools safer. A scholar who studies protest explains how the boycott could work.
Santa Fe High School graduates bow their heads in prayer during a service Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP

It’s time to ask deeper questions about school shootings

The Santa Fe High School shooting underscores the need for an educational approach to school violence and to examine how students deal with the 'status tournament of adolescence.'
A student retrieves her belongings from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, where a gunman opened fire on May 18 and killed 10 people. David J. Phillip/AP

Improving school climate, not just security, is key to violence prevention

School climate and culture are just as important, if not more, than security measures when it comes to preventing school violence, a scholar argues.
Tight security measures in schools erode cultures of trust, researchers contend. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Culture of trust is key for school safety

Researchers spent 16 years at a high school and observed security tighten and then loosen up again. What they found is that tighter security had the opposite of the intended effect.
Police in front of Great Mills High School, the scene of a shooting on March 20, 2018, in Great Mills, Md. Alex Brandon/AP

School resource officers can prevent tragedies, but training is key

The debate over using school resource officers to prevent school shootings got a fresh airing, after an officer stopped a gunman at a Maryland high school. One researcher says training is key.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence. Andrew Harnik/AP

Threat assessments crucial to prevent school shootings

In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks. Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. AP/Joel Auerbach

Why security measures won’t stop school shootings

When school shootings take place, beefed up security is often seen as a solution. Experience shows, however, that school shootings stem from social factors that require a different response.
Teachers in Uganda routinely use physical violence and corporal punishment to discipline children. EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON

Empowering Uganda’s teachers offers a new route to reducing violence in schools

A ban on corporal punishment has not stopped the practice in Uganda's schools. An initiative in the East African country may hold the solutions - and could be used in other countries, too.
Don’t mess with my homework, officer. Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

School metal detectors reduce weapon carrying but not fear

The recent horrifying spectacle of a disturbed student fatally stabbing his teacher in front of his classmates in Leeds has spurred a national dialogue about how schools should address violence. Perhaps…
Tributes to Anne Maguire were left outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Pupils with weapons should not induce moral panic

The stabbing to death by a 15-year-old pupil of Anne Maguire, a much loved teacher who had worked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds for more than 40 years, has attracted much attention across…

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