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ERIC Number: EJ961856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Brazilian School Shooting Mirrors School Violence Lessons from around the World
Polland, Scott; Rosenburg, Steve
Communique, v40 n3 p12-13 Nov 2011
A tragic school shooting occurred in Brazil on April 7, 2011. A young adult male returned to the school that he had previously attended, Tasso da Silveira in Realengo, and shot and killed 13 and wounded another 20 students or teachers. Realengo, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, is composed of hard working lower and middle class families with strong faith and focus on family. Brazilians responded with shock to the deadliest school violence in the country's history. The school of 1,000 students, grades 1 through 8, had recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and is a central part of the community. The authors of this article ask: How does what we know about school violence around the world, and especially in the United States, help us to further understand and, most importantly, prevent future acts of violence at school? How does this preliminary information fit with the conclusions of the U.S. Secret Service Study of Targeted School Shootings and the Safe School Initiative (Vossekuil, Fein, Reddy, Borum, & Modzeleski, 2002)? Scott Poland, a founding member of the NASP National Emergency Assistance Team, and Steve Rosenberg of Partners for Success and Innovation were invited to the Brazilian school by education officials to provide consultation and training. One key concept that they shared with the principal was the importance of assisting the staff and parents first so that they would be able to better support the students. They also stressed the need for services to be provided to siblings of the victims and to plan transition for those students from Tasso da Silveira who would be moving to other campuses after graduation. School staff members were also asked to be highly vigilant for signs of suicidal behavior among surviving students because there has often been a pattern of increased suicides in the United States following school shootings. The authors conclude that all school psychologists can take pride in the fact that great strides have been made in advancing crisis responses in schools around the world through the efforts of the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) and NASP.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; United States