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Students leave Columbine High School late April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo., following a lockdown at the school and other Denver area schools. David Zalubowski/AP

How Columbine became a blueprint for school shooters

Media coverage of the Columbine school shooting that took place in 1999 has ended up becoming a playbook for school shooters in the United States and beyond, an analysis of school shootings reveals.
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.
The apartheid government built universities for black students far from major cities or safe routes. Shutterstock

How the legacy of apartheid design is making students’ lives unsafe

The system of apartheid is long gone. But its legacy of poor funding for historically black universities - and of planning that banished black universities to cities' margins - remains.

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