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ERIC Number: EJ788943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Fearing Our Students Won't Help Them
Pavela, Gary
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n25 pA37 Feb 2008
This article argues that colleges should not dismiss troubled students first and ask questions later. There are better ways to prevent campus violence than trying to predict students' future behavior, including mental-health support and thoughtful, responsible risk assessment. While no panacea exists, there are helpful, proven strategies: (1) Focus on actual conduct, not stereotypes, fears, or predictions; (2) Recognize that suicide prevention is violence prevention; (3) Create a cross-functional threat-assessment team; and (4) Encourage student involvement. As a National Research Council report on school violence observed, "The only real way of preventing [school violence] is to get into [students'] heads and their hearts."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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