ERIC Number: ED311600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School Crisis Prevention and Response. NSSC Resource Paper.
The possibility of an armed intruder, serious bomb threat, or suicide cluster may seem remote, but even without a major crisis, schools are subjected to a number of other potentially disruptive events. Each year three million crimes are committed on school grounds, and on any given day an estimated 100,000 students carry a gun to school. Being prepared for crises can enhance the school's effectiveness in responding to smaller incidents. General preventative school security measures recommended by the National School Safety Center include: (1) limiting grounds access during the school day; (2) developing a comprehensive crisis management plan; and (3) establishing a communications network that links classrooms, the schoolyard supervisors, and the central office with local law enforcement and fire departments. In the aftermath of a crisis, a counseling center should be set up to help students through the grief process and to handle symptoms of posttraumatic stress. To prevent suicide clusters (a group of suicides that occur close together in time or space within a community) school officials must coordinate community agencies and learn the most psychologically effective ways to handle a student's death. This document contains several school-related crime newspaper articles. (13 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Crime, Crime Prevention, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Enforcement, Police School Relationship, School Safety, School Security, Victims of Crime, Violence
Publication Sales, National School Safety Center, 16830 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 200, Encino, CA 91436 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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.