In recent years, hardly a week goes by without a headline or a news story about school shootings and school violence. If we were to believe the media, we would think that there was an epidemic of school violence in this country - and that we (or our children) may be the next victim. Yet national statistics consistently show that schools are the safest place for young people; victimization at school continues to decrease and school shootings, despite their hype, are incredibly rare. These fears have begun to drive policy, which can have negative long term consequences for both students and communities. We examine the research on the realities of school violence, particularly school shootings, to help schools and communities leverage their resources and institute meaningful changes while also painting a more accurate picture of the student experience. One sized fits all solutions are not the answer and may in fact create more problems than it solves. Here we examine the current research, including new findings about school shooting typologies and best practices to reduce school violence.
Join the conversation with Dr. Nadine Connell, Director of the Center for Crime and Justice and Justice Studies, UT Dallas
Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30am to 7:00pm
Event Room C100
1002 Commerce St., Suite C100 Houston, TX 77002