Library Resources about School Violence and Safety

| December 18, 2013

There has been a great deal of talk about school safety lately with the recent anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, while at least 24 school shootings since that day have claimed at least 17 lives, according to a recent Daily Beast article. Unfortunately, while politicians debate about the most effective strategies for gun control, school administrators must face the challenges of operating in a culture where violent incidents in schools are still unfolding.

Shrine for victims of the Sandy Hook massacre

Impromptu shrine outside of the US Consolate in Toronto for victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Photo courtesy of Flickr/US Embassy Canada

Few events affect children like school shootings, who see and experience the coverage of these catastrophic occurrences on television and are left with many questions about their own safety at school. While parents and teachers often struggle with how to broach the subject of school violence, psychologists suggest that traumatic events like school shootings also pose an opportunity to talk to children about their fears and to go over some established procedures that may help to ensure their safety at school. For help in learning how to talk to kids about school violence, consider consulting some of the following resources available through Gottesman Library.

Key Subject Headings:
School violence — United States
School violence — United States – Prevention
Schools — Risk management — United States
Students — Crimes against — United States

Books available through Educat:

Handbook of school violence and school safety : international research and practice LB3013.3 .H346 2012
A great resource for all those seeking to put into practice effective prevention and intervention programs that reduce school violence, this book covers a wide range of school safety topics and focuses on how to create secure and peaceful schools. It also examines existing school safety programs and best practices in the field.

Public school safety : a handbook, with a resource guide / Joseph P. Hester LB3013.32 .H47 2003
Addresses the causes of school violence and recommended approaches for creating effective school safety initiatives, from model programs for elementary, middle and high school students to effective training for parents and teachers.

15 school questions and discussion : from class size, standards, and school safety to leadership and more / Mark F. Goldberg LA209.2 .G599 2002
This book provides timely information for educators about some of the most common questions that arise in contemporary school systems, such as ‘what will be required to keep schools safe?’

Keeping kids safe, healthy, and smart / Kimberly Williams and Marcel Lebrun HV675.72 .W55 2009
Designed for parents, teachers, and caregivers, this book examines the hidden dangers that affect children across the United States, in school spaces, in cyberspace, and other places where children play.

Safe and healthy schools : practical prevention strategies / Jeffrey R. Sprague, Hill M. Walker LB2866 .S67 2005
A step-by-step guide for devising school safety plans, this book covers such topics as how to identify and support high-risk students and create low-crime school environments.

Kids and violence : the invisible school experience / Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers, Editors LB3013.32 .K52 2004
With contributions from professors, school directors and deans, Kids and Violence examines types of school violence that are often hidden or quietly tolerated, such as school bullying and abuses of power by school personnel.

Smoke and mirrors : the hidden context of violence in schools and society / edited by Stephanie Urso Spina  HV6250.4.Y68 S66 2000
This book is collection of essays by cultural critics and seasoned educators which examine that socioeconomic and cultural conditions that give rise to violence in schools.

Staying safe at school / Chester L. Quarles LB3013.3 .Q38 1993
Discussing what teachers need to know regarding the most successful methods for improving school safety and security and avoiding their own victimization.

Violence in American schools : a new perspective / edited by Delbert S. Elliott, Beatrix A. Hamburg, Kirk R. Williams LB3013.3 .V583 1998
A multi-disciplinary review of the causes of school violence from a variety of fields and perspectives, this book examines successful strategies and interventions for dealing with at-risk youth.

Videos available through Educat:

How do we keep kids safe? [videorecording] / presented by the Star Schools Program of the United States Department of Education, SERC, the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium, the National PTA, WYCC-TV Channel 20, Chicago and KET, the Kentucky Network ; producer/director, David Gibson CURR LB3013.3 .H6 1999
This video features a teleconference about school safety and discusses issues related to violence in schools, from gangs and drug violence to crime and school murder.

School violence [videorecording] : answers from the inside / producer, Steven Jay ; project director, Anne Mendelsohn  LB3013.3 .S3 1995 Videocassette
This video profiles schools and teens who have found answers for how to deal with confrontations and potentially violent situations in schools.

The CNN town meeting [videorecording] : listening after Littleton LB3013.3 .C63 1999 Videocassette
This town meeting is a dialogue among children and parents that explores the safety of youth in America in the wake of the Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado.

Further Web Resources:

Tips from NBC News & the National Mental Health Association on how to talk to kids about school shootings

A set of guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists that deal with how to talk to children about acts of violence occuring in schools

A bilingual set of recommendations for parents and educators for how to talk to children about school violence