ERIC Number: ED446164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
School House Hype: Two Years Later. Policy Report.
Brooks, Kim; Schiraldi, Vincent; Zeidenberg, Jason
In 1998, the Justice Policy Institute published "School House Hype: School Shootings and the Real Risks Kids Face," a report that examined the issue of school safety, and concluded that schools are the safest places for children to be. This report, inspired in part by recent school shootings, attempts to place the question of school violence and its accompanying reactions in a larger statistical and legal context. Data from several government agencies were analyzed to compare the real risks children face in school to the distorted image reported by the media. A survey of recent policy changes at the state and national levels shows the new security measures being taken in light of the shootings at Columbine High School. The study also analyzes recent case law concerning school violence, concluding that there is no discernible trend by either federal or state courts to impose liability on school districts where children are injured or killed at the hands of other students and third parties. The findings actually suggest that administrators may risk liability if they act too impulsively to exclude youth from school without proper due process protection. The report also considers the efficacy and impact of excluding large numbers of mainly minority and disabled children from schools. National data is reported where possible, with a more in-depth look at states like Maryland and Massachusetts and school district data indicative of national policy trends. Recommendations highlight the practices researchers say will work to reduce school violence. (Contains 3 figures and 111 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, School Safety, Violence
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 1622 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-621-5661; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cjcj.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Justic Policy Inst., Washington, DC.; Children's Law Center, Inc. Covington, KY.