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Are School Shootings Becoming More Frequent? We Ran The Numbers

By Luis Melgar Published on May 21, 2019 If in recent years it seems that school shootings are happening more frequently, occupying public discourse and media coverage, it’s because they are. Although school shootings are still very rare compared to daily gun violence, the data show they are happening more often. It can be hard to measure school shootings...

The End of Police in Schools

By Lauren Camera, Senior Education Writer  Published on June 12, 2020   As demonstrations over the death of George Floyd spread across the country, school districts are reevaluating the use of resource officers. Two days later, Portland Public Schools followed suit, with Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero announcing that the district will discontinue the regular presence of police...

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A Survey of School Psychologist's Role in Crisis Response and Intervention

Villa, Caitlin Mary
School psychologists are expected to engage in crisis-related work in the school setting and to participate on crisis teams. Research has indicated that school psychologists are meeting this charge and are involved in crisis planning, prevention, and intervention. However, most of the research examining the role of the school psychologist in crisis intervention was conducted more than 10 years ago. The current study investigated the current role of the school psychologist in crisis-related work via an electronic survey. Participants were thirty-four school psychologists from across the United States who are currently practicing or have practiced within the last five years. Participants all worked in public school systems and most identified as female (82.5%). Findings revealed having a gun or other weapon at school, a suicide attempt, serious student illness or injury, physical assault, and death by suicide were the most common crisis encountered. Participants reported using a wide range of crisis prevention and intervention strategies with 100% of respondents reporting the use of a security or school resource officer, and a majority using crisis teams, crisis drills, a crisis management plan, and an anger management or social skills program. Overall, participants rated the strategies employed in their schools as effective. These included general strategies, those that involved consultation with teachers, and those directed at families. The primary role of respondents was in the implementation of crisis intervention strategies. Relatively few were involved in strategy development and evaluation. Results have implications for training in crisis response as well as crisis planning and preparedness.

Crime and Safety in United States Schools: Selected Findings Regarding the Relationship of Interventions on the Rate of Student Removal from the Educational Setting for Disciplinary Reasons

Chadwell Dennis, Heather
The purpose of this quantitative study is to examine the relationship between various interventions and the rate of student removal from the educational setting. The National Center for Education Statistics conducted the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) for the United States Department of Education, which is the primary source for data in the kindergarten through 12th grade educational setting. The SSOCS gathered information from 4,800 public school principals through a survey on topics including school practices and programs, parent and community involvement at school, school security staff, school mental health services, staff training and practices, limitations on crime prevention, incidents, disciplinary problems and disciplinary actions, and other school characteristics related to school crime (SSOCS:2018).

Understanding the Adolescent School Shooter and Current Prevention Methods; a Pilot Study

Valentino-Sundy, Christie
Since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, there has not been a reliable segregation of data that states the number of exact fatalities associated with school shootings. This phenomenon has become increasingly apparent as public outrage and political concerns about firearm- related injuries and homicides have become more progressive. While public debate about firearm use and availability continues, the need to better understand this phenomenon in order to improve prevention efforts is clear. As of today, the most reliable and up-to-date resource for school-based shootings is the Washington Post and The Center for Homeland Defense and Security Naval postgraduate school “K-12 database”. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has identified school-based shootings as a public health threat (Zhang, Musu-Gillette, & Oudekerk, 2015), but has not separated school-based shootings from school threats or other shootings (i.e., outside of school) in terms of their statistics and available resources. Although the CDC has not separated this data, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (2001) has determined that there have been 220 school shootings between the years of 1997-2013. Thus, the need to express how much it effects our schools and communities.

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April 19, 2019 The Seattle Times. https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/what-we-know-about-school-mass-shootings-since-columbine-and-how-to-prevent-them/
April 19, 2019 New Jersey On-Line. https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/20-years-ago-the-columbine-massacre-changed-everything-about-school-security.html
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Date Source Link
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December 12, 2018 BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46507514
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October 9, 2018 WTNH New Haven, CT. https://www.wtnh.com/news/technology/california-students-create-school-shooting-database/1510085657
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October 8, 2021 The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/08/school-shootings-are-increasing-changing-easily-accessible-guns-are-blame/
October 8, 2021 New York Post https://nypost.com/2021/10/08/school-shootings-are-happening-more-frequently-and-fights-are-often-to-blame/
October 7, 2021 NBC Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/guns-incidents-at-us-schools-hit-record-high-as-schools-return-to-in-person-learning/2984419/
October 7, 2021 Dallas Morning News https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2021/10/06/why-werent-there-metal-detectors-in-place-to-prevent-the-arlington-high-school-shooting/
October 6, 2021 KERA News https://www.keranews.org/education/2021-10-06/police-investigating-active-shooter-situation-at-mansfield-timberview-high-school
October 5, 2021 Newsweek https://www.newsweek.com/texas-school-shooting-aftermath-distressing-viral-video-1635620
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April 14, 2021 The Stamford Advocate https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Knoxville-school-shooting-serves-as-stark-16099830.php
April 14, 2021 New Canaan Advertiser https://www.ncadvertiser.com/news/article/Knoxville-school-shooting-serves-as-stark-16099830.php
April 14, 2021 Patriot News (Pennsylvania) https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/04/knoxville-school-shooting-serves-as-stark-reminder-of-a-familiar-but-preventable-threat-opinion.html
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