ERIC Number: ED425527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
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Issues Concerning School Violence in Middle Tennessee Schools.
Reddick, Thomas L.; Peach, Larry E.
School violence and related disruptions have become common occurrences in American schools. This paper examines how violence is manifesting itself in schools. The report offers the results of a study in which a survey was administered to the schools in the midstate area of Tennessee. The survey were created in consultation with school resource officers and were distributed to 202 public school principals. Results, based on 146 returned questionnaires, show that 94 percent of the principals reported that an official safety plan was in place. All principals reported that their respective school boards had discussed the issue of school violence and were concerned about the problem. Most principals believed that many violent altercations among students originated off school grounds, but there was little evidence of significant levels of gang-related activity in the schools. Almost two-thirds of the principals stated that illegal drug use was evident in their schools; 70 percent reported no weapons being confiscated during the past year; 83 percent believed that "zero tolerance" policies had reduced violent or potentially violent situations; 40 percent stated that dress codes had been implemented to improve discipline; and 21 percent of principals recorded that their students had received instruction in conflict resolution. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee