Classroom Management: Sound Theory and Effective Practice

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CHAPTER 13
Violence in Today's Schools
Coauthored with Dr. James J. Tracy, Ed.D., Elementary School Principal
OBJECTIVES
This chapter will help you, among other things, to:
Understand several reasons for the increase in school violence.
Identify the characteristics of a safe school.
List the components of a good prevention program.
List early warning signs that may indicate students will do violence to themselves or others.
Understand how a crisis intervention team helps to prevent school violence.
Understand the role of the teacher in dealing with a potentially violent student.

THE INCREASING PROBLEM OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Although most schools are still considered safe places where children can learn, there is a growing concern about the increasing violence reported in our schools. The recent shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Edinboro, Pennsylvania; West Paducah, Kentucky; and Littleton, Colorado, have alarmed teachers, administrators, students, and the public in general. Over a period of fifty years, youth crime has risen and fallen with relatively modest curves demonstrating that youth violence is not something new. However, youth homicide increased 144 percent from 1984 to 1994 ( Dohrn, 1997).

Teachers across the nation are increasingly concerned about the violence in schools and on school grounds. A survey administered by the National Center for Educational Statistics found that from 1987 to 1994 there was an

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