ERIC Number: ED456550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
School Safety and Violence.
Herrera, Sandra; Holland, Lana; Wesson, Suzanne
School districts in the Education Service Center, Region 2, (southern Texas) were surveyed to examine procedures the districts have put in place to identify threats of violence to school safety and security. The target population was 47 school districts. Data collection was done using mailed questionnaires with a simple yes/no answer format. Twenty-eight schools completed and returned questionnaires. Data are presented in a narrative, tabular format. Survey results show that planning is of the utmost importance and must include every level of community. Communication among all parties involved is vital to carrying out plans and keeping chaos and stress to a minimum. Proactive measures include a variety of surveillance programs, standardized dress, closed-campus policies, and anger management and conflict resolution in curricula. Recommendations include doing a replicate study using a larger population, establishing a lobby to promote and seek school-safety legislation, and placing greater emphasis on educating future school personnel about school violence at the university level. The report concludes with 45 references and 4 appendices containing a list of principles to help avoid misinterpretation of early warning signs of violence, a list of early warning signs, letters and forms for permission to survey and perform the follow-up study, and the survey questionnaire. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., Corpus Christi. South Texas Research and Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: Texas