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In this photo from 2016, students pass through a security checkpoint at William Hackett Middle School in Albany, N.Y., with guards, bag inspections and a metal detector. AP Photo/Mike Groll

Does hardening schools make students safer?

Surveillance cameras, metal detectors, door-locking systems and armed guards have not prevented school shootings. A school safety scholar examines other possible approaches.
School counselors like Jacquelyn Indrisano, left, can help students feel welcome and safe at school. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments

School violence prevention requires professionals – counselors, psychologists and social workers – who know how to create an emotionally safe environment. Those staffers are in very short supply.
Restrictive gun laws bring down the murder rate. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

5 ways to reduce school shootings

Risk assessments and rigid gun laws are among the tools that can help prevent school massacres, a specialist in youth aggression says.
Many mass shooters show signs of distress before their attack. Smederevac via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Accused Buffalo mass shooter had threatened a shooting while in high school. Could more have been done to avert the tragedy?

When young people plan a mass shooting, especially at a school, they typically reveal their plans in advance. Two scholars weigh in on whether the warning signs are being heeded in the right way.
Teachers report post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing or witnessing attacks from students. Andrey Zhuravlev/iStock via Getty Images

Teachers must often face student attacks alone

Teachers say school districts have left them in the lurch in the wake of attacks by students. Some admit they resort to violence themselves to send a message to students who might want to test them.
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.
Doctors care for a trauma patient. While survival rates for trauma victims have improved, if you live to leave the hospital, you’re still at risk of dying. MonkeyBusinessImages/Shutterstock.com

How traumatic injury has become a health care crisis

Trauma results in 41 million emergency department visits a year and hundreds of thousands of deaths. May is National Trauma Awareness month, and two experts explain why it’s time to pay attention.
Parents gather in a circle to pray at a recreation center where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school May 7. David Zalubowski/AP

Colorado shooting eerily recalls Columbine massacre

The 1999 Columbine high school shooting spawned a generation of school shooters who tried to copy it, research shows.

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