Title

What can be done about school shootings? A review of the evidence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2-2010

Keywords

at-risk students, school psychology, school shootings

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X09357620

Abstract

School shootings have generated great public concern and fostered a widespread impression that schools are unsafe for many students; this article counters those misapprehensions by examining empirical evidence of school and community violence trends and reviewing evidence on best practices for preventing school shootings. Many of the school safety and security measures deployed in response to school shootings have little research support, and strategies such as zero-tolerance discipline and student profiling have been widely criticized as unsound practices. Threat assessment is identified as a promising strategy for violence prevention that merits further study. The article concludes with an overview of the need for schools to develop crisis response plans to prepare for and mitigate such rare events.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Educational Researcher, v. 39, issue 1, p. 27-37

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