ERIC Number: ED310536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Weapons in Schools. NSSC Resource Paper.
Butterfield, George E., Ed.; Turner, Brenda, Ed.
More than ever, our public school system must confront weapons in schools and become aware of steadily rising statistics on youth homicide and suicide. This report delineates the problem, discusses why children carry weapons to school, and outlines strategies for keeping weapons out of schools and for improving school safety. Although some children carry weapons for "show off" reasons, too many regard the display and use of guns as a way of life. With an estimated 120 million guns in private hands in the United States, some of these weapons are bound to show up at school. Underlying the rationale for gun-carrying is our society's tolerance for violence as a way to resolve problems. Weapons may be detected through tips from students, use of security sweeps and searches, and deterrents such as immediate suspension or expulsion, school security forces, crisis intervention teams, and metal detectors. Prevention strategies are important to help students feel safe without carrying guns to school. Some techniques are student/parent nonviolent contracts, community education programs, violence prevention curricula, peer assistance programs, and firearm instruction classes. To increase school safety, educators must be trained in weapons identification and detection, provide adequate supervision, and promote a positive campus climate by teaching social skills within the curriculum. Making campuses safe is everyone's responsibility. Twenty-seven references and supporting articles are included. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: National School Safety Center, Malibu, CA.