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ERIC Number: EJ759494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-27
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Safety Check
Hurst, Marianne D.
Education Week, v24 n33 p31-33 Apr 2005
The Columbine High School shootings were still fresh in the minds of educators across the nation in May 1999, when school district officials in the small, quiet town of Port Huron, Michigan, unearthed a similarly violent student plot targeted for one of their middle schools. Four students from Holland Woods Middle School had allegedly written out a detailed plan of attack that included stealing firearms, capturing their principal, and then killing numerous students and staff members. Had it been carried out, some experts say, the attack could have topped the violence that happened at Columbine High in Jefferson County, Colorado, just a month before. However, the apparent plot was thwarted after the boys, ages 12 to 14, began discussing the plan with friends. A fellow student who overheard one of their conversations alerted authorities. This article describes what Port Huron district did to improve its policies on school safety. This article also presents the statistics showing that school violence has actually declined contrary to the common perception of heightened school violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Michigan