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ERIC Number: EJ1257678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1538-8220
Grade-Level Distinctions in Student Threats of Violence
Burnette, Anna Grace; Konold, Timothy; Cornell, Dewey
Journal of School Violence, v19 n3 p323-335 2020
Virginia law mandates the use of threat assessment in all public schools, yet there is little research on grade-level differences. This study investigated a statewide sample of 3,282 threats from 1,021 schools. Threats significantly differed across grade level in demographics, characteristics, and outcome. As grade increased, students were more likely to threaten physical assaults (OR = 1.11, p < 0.001), but less likely to threaten with weapons (OR = 0.95, p < 0.01). Notably, 1st graders (OR = 2.01, p < 0.05) were two times more likely to threaten to kill, but 9th graders were more likely to attempt their threats (OR = 1.02, p < 0.05). These findings highlight the need to consider grade level in evaluating and responding to student threats of violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: NIJ2014CKBX0004