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ERIC Number: ED338462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Violence and Misconduct Perpetrated against Teachers by Students in Selected Rural Tennessee Schools.
Peach, Larry; And Others
This study examined the incidence of violent acts and other types of malicious conduct by students against teachers in selected rural Tennessee public schools. Twenty-seven high school principals (a 77% response rate) completed a questionnaire based on incidents where teachers had been subjected to attacks and violent acts by students over the past three years. The study reports 229 violent acts committed by students. These incidents included 1 murder, 2 armed robberies, 1 reported rape, 129 acts of vandalism, 86 threats against teachers, 1 case of arson, and 9 acts of physical abuse. Most students involved in the acts were from single parent or otherwise "broken" home situations. Legal disposition of these cases resulted in the perpetrators being assigned to probation or being sentenced to a state penal institution for youth or adult offenders. Schools need to address the problem of violence through action plans. An action plan should include the development of meaningful school programs, improved guidance services, better communication within the school, and increased participation between the school and home. Other recommendations include: (1) increased supervision and security; (2) programs designed to meet diverse student needs; (3) student and parent input into school rules and regulations; and (4) policies to manage these critical situations. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 13-16, 1991).