ERIC Number: EJ759592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-16
Reference Count: N/A
Tennessee Killing Underscores Job Dangers for Leaders
Tonn, Jessica L.
Education Week, v25 n12 p1, 19 Nov 2005
In this article, the author stresses the dangers facing school leaders on the job. The school shooting at Campbell County Comprehensive High School in Jacksboro, Tennessee, on November 8, 2005, which left one assistant principal dead and the principal and another assistant principal seriously wounded, is an extreme example of dangers school leaders can face on the job. Called on to discipline disruptive students, mediate arguments, and, as in Jacksboro, confront individuals carrying weapons, administrators put their own safety on the line to protect students and teachers. Exactly how risky a building administrator's job can be is unclear. Kenneth S. Trump, the president of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based consulting firm, works with many school districts across the country. He recommends simple steps that school leaders can take to protect themselves, such as situating their desks so that they sit close to the door in case they have to make a quick exit. Trump also stresses the importance of not sending students to a principals office if they are suspected of having a weapon.
Descriptors: School Safety, Administrators, School Administration, Violence, Occupational Safety and Health, Crisis Management, Victims of Crime, Homicide
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee