ERIC Number: ED391228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Safe Schools: What the Southeast Is Doing.
SERVE Policy Brief, Jan 1996
Virtually no school is safe from violence. FBI statistics, which show that juvenile crimes actually peaked during the mid-1970s, are at odds with the public perception that crime rates among young people are at an all-time high. The FBI acknowledges, however, that the crimes committed by young people tend to be more serious than in the past, and that juvenile offenders are being arrested at younger ages. This brief presents statistics on youthful crime and trends in state initiatives to control it. The document outlines the cost for safe schools and describes in detail safe-schools legislation passed in six southeastern states during 1993-95. Florida and North Carolina take a comprehensive approach; Georgia employs school-level, school-based initiatives; and South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi focus primarily on criminal and juvenile justice approaches. The document also describes the "zero-tolerance" policy and the issue of "reasonable force" in responding to student violence. The formation of communitywide planning teams is recommended. Four tables, one figure, and a list of resource organizations are included. (Contains 53 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.