School Violence Where have we been, and where are we going? A presentation by Natalie A. Trout
Do you remember… Where you were when you heard about Columbine? Ever being scared at school? Any classmates you thought had the potential to do something violent at school?
School violence in pop culture Bowling for Columbine She Said Yes Trivia What major motion picture was finished filming in 1999 but wasn’t released until August 2001 because of Columbine? Tim Blake Nelson’s “O,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello
You think you know…but do you? In the U.S. between July 1999 and June 2000, there were 32 school associated violent deaths 24 of those were homicides In 1999-2000, 20% of all public schools experienced one or more serious violent crimes Trivia What was the first recorded high school massacre? The Bath School massacre happened in 1927, leaving 45 students and educators dead
What about teacher safety? “Teachers are the forgotten casualties of the education establishment's absolutist war on guns” - Michelle Malkin
So what’s being done to stop it? Center for the Prevention of School Violence (CPSV) Safe Schools Pyramid http://www.cpsv.org
School Resource Officer a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer; law- related counselor; and law-related education teacher. The SRO is not necessarily a DARE officer, security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a crisis situation but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for his/her school.
What you can do as a teacher… Get to know your students Report suspicious behavior Create a safe and comfortable learning atmosphere
In conclusion… Don’t be afraid! Your school is likely in very good hands Educate yourself on school violence