IN THE YEARS SINCE THE APRIL 1999 SHOOTINGS AT COLUMBINE HIGH School in Littleton, Colorado, our nation has been obsessed with issuing school violence reports and taking measures that allegedly make schools safer than before. From passing state laws on bullying to suspending and expelling more and more students under the [onestrike, you are out] mentality of zero tolerance, the good senses of the legislative and educational establishments seem mislaid. One important thing that has gotten lost in this surge of reports and frenzy to reduce bullying in schools is the rights of students.
During an era when it is fashionable and all but permitted to ignore or abrogate the rights of students, Kathleen Conn has given us a book in which individual student rights are balanced with the rights of the group. Her book (re)turns our attention to genderbased and sexual harassment in elementary and secondary schools—problems all too real at both levels. Remarkable in its scope, Conn reviews, explains, and questions developments, legal and otherwise, in the fields of bullying, harassment, threats, and student rights.
Despite continuing guidance from the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, insights from surveys attesting to the issues ugly entrenchment in our schools, and laws at both the federal and state levels that require attention and compliance from school officials, our nation's schools are riddled with examples of