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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.

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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