ERIC Number: EJ879794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Urban Student Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy
McNeal, Laura; Dunbar, Christopher, Jr.
Urban Education, v45 n3 p293-311 2010
Zero tolerance policy was created as a result of the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994. Varied views exist on zero tolerance policy that include its substantive impact, for whom it is intended, and its viability to address the problem of school violence. Parents, politicians, principals, and teachers have stated their views on the issues. However, there is a voice that is conspicuously absent in this dialogue--that is, students for whom the policy was created to protect. Therefore, in an effort to understand the impact of zero tolerance policy, this study examines urban student perceptions regarding their sense of safety in their schools.
Descriptors: Violence, Zero Tolerance Policy, Student Behavior, Federal Legislation, Urban Schools, Student Attitudes, School Safety, Educational Policy, School Security, Weapons, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Gun Free Schools Act 1994