Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College

Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College

Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College

Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College

Synopsis

This comprehensive, evidence-based examination looks at violence and security across the entire spectrum of education, from preschool through college.

Excerpt

For millions of Americans, the notion of terrorism invokes frightful images of hijacked airliners crashing into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and suicide bombers wreaking devastation on countless innocents for political leverage. However, years before the identities of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda became widely recognized, another form of terror—based not on religious fundamentalism but on adolescent rage—had surfaced in onceobscure places like Moses Lake, Washington; Pearl, Mississippi; and Jonesboro, Arkansas. And the word “Columbine,” once reflecting the colorful beauty of the Colorado state flower, became linked to the horror of children being gunned down in the halls of their school. Adding to the irony, the diary of one of the young shooters from Columbine High described a fantasy about following up the massacre by flying an airplane into the skyline of New York; of course, the journal entry was made years before the Twin Towers collapsed.

It may seem a stretch to characterize school shootings as a form of terrorism. Yet, the issues of international terror and schoolyard terror are remarkably similar. Prompted by a string of school massacres in the late 1990s, school administrators were eager to profile dangerous students, just as airport security officials strived to identify violent extremists among those who boarded commercial airplanes. While the U.S. Congress voted to permit airline pilots to carry weapons in the cockpit to guard against a possible in-air takeover, state legislators around the country debated the wisdom of arming school teachers. Moreover, the fine balance between privacy and security that troubles many Americans with regard to the ongoing “War on Terror” has been a thorny matter as well at educational institutions of all levels, from elementary schools to colleges.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.