ERIC Number: EJ1072503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Normative Considerations in the Aftermath of Gun Violence in Schools
Gereluk, Dianne T.; Donlevy, J. Kent; Thompson, Merlin B.
Educational Theory, v65 n4 p459-474 Aug 2015
Gun violence in American and Canadian schools is an ongoing tragedy that goes substantially beyond its roots in the interlocking emotional and behavioral issues of mental health and bullying. In light of the need for effective policy development, Dianne T. Gereluk, J. Kent Donlevy, and Merlin B. Thompson examine gun violence in schools from several relevant perspectives in this article. The authors consider the principle of "standard of care" as it relates to parents, teachers, and community members in a particular school's context. They posit that normative principles may provide a procedural mechanism appropriate for policymakers and practitioners when contemplating and implementing heightened security measures. Finally, they propose Rawlsian reasonableness as an effective and deliberative democratic process that reduces emotional, reactive responses to school shootings. Through these overlapping concepts, the authors advocate for purposeful discussions regarding gun violence in schools based on the unique pragmatic, educational, social, political, and contextual circumstances of individual schools and their surrounding communities.
Descriptors: Violence, Weapons, School Safety, School Security, Emotional Response, Caring, Context Effect, School Policy, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States