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Despite the country’s political response to violence against women and girls, school-going girls struggle with male violence in and out of school. Getty Images

Why girls continue to experience violence at South African schools

Pupils who are victimised at school tend to perform poorly academically, are regularly absent from school, suffer psychological trauma and may eventually drop out of school.
Orlando police officer Dennis Turner leads a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs after her arrest for kicking and punching staff at her school. Orlando Police Department/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Video of 6-year-old girl’s arrest shows the perils of putting police in primary schools

Newly-released body camera footage shows an Orlando police officer taking a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs. A school safety expert explains the potential pitfalls of police in primary schools.
Teachers can suffer abuse on the job. Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock.com

Violence and other forms of abuse against teachers: 5 questions answered

From being subjected to harassment and threats to getting assaulted or having their cars keyed, many American teachers are being victimized.
Drills can help people learn how to respond when an active shooter situation arises, as recently occurred in Santa Clarita, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Do lockdown drills do any good?

Being ready takes training and practice. But it might not require fake blood and simulated shootings.
School shooters tend to have a death wish, new research shows. Constantine Pankin from www.shutterstock.com

School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
School experiments with new ways to discipline students without suspending them show mixed results. Africa Studio / www.shutterstock.com

Restorative practices may not be the solution, but neither are suspensions

Although new evidence shows mixed results for "restorative justice" practices, that's no reason for schools to stop looking for alternatives to school suspensions, a school safety scholar argues.
The code of the street – where respect is won by fighting – often follows children into school. Pixel-Shot/www.shutterstock.com

School suspensions don’t stop violence – they help students celebrate it

While school suspensions are meant to deter violence and other troublesome behavior, some students see being suspended as something that makes them more popular and tough, a researcher has found.

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