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NCJ Number: 118413 Find in a Library
Title: For the Record: Chronic Offenders are Bad News
Journal: School Safety  Issue:3  Dated:(Spring 1986)  Pages:14-16
Author(s): W Pindur; D K Wells
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 3
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research indicates that a small core of youth is responsible for most crime in the school setting, and the key to responding to these chronic offenders is information sharing.
Abstract: Chronic youth offenders not only intimidate other students and teachers but also impede the learning process. These offenders are predominantly male, usually economically disadvantaged, and likely to have interpersonal and behavioral problems. They are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence in schools. An estimated 282,000 students are attacked at school in a typical 1-month period, and an estimated 5,200 teachers are physically attacked at school each month. Juveniles themselves are often the victims of attack, and violence is also directed at animals and school property. School officials realize that violence does not begin or end with schools. Violence can only be controlled if teachers, school administrators, public transportation safety officers, police officers, and neighborhood residents are involved. It is also important that agencies such as the courts, prosecutors, and community welfare groups be involved in violence prevention. The creation of a system approach to the sharing of information on chronic offenders is essential and can benefit schools in several ways. If chronic offenders are identified, school officials can make the most appropriate classroom and counseling assignments. If schools are aware of chronic offenders, appropriate steps can be taken to insure that other juveniles are protected. Additionally, information sharing will allow schools to enforce probation requirements. 8 references.
Main Term(s): Crime in schools
Index Term(s): Crimes against teachers; Juvenile recidivists; School vandalism; Violent juvenile offenders
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