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Title: Weapons in Schools: NSSC (National School Safety Center) Resource Paper
Corporate Author: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
United States of America
Editor(s): G E Butterfield; B Turner
Project Director: R D Stephens
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National School Safety Ctr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-MU-CX-0003
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After examining the extent of the problem of weapons in schools and its causes, this paper reviews intervention and prevention strategies.
Abstract: Data from various school districts indicate the widespread problem of students carrying weapons at school, and these statistics only represent those students caught with weapons. Some students carry weapons to show off or impress a friend; others carry them out of fear; and in many cases, weapons are a part of the proliferation of gang and drug activity in the schools. Some intervention strategies are school sweeps with portable metal detectors, hot lines for students to report persons with weapons, a school security force, and the requirement that students use only mesh book bags to make weapons easier to spot. Some schools require that students keep book bags and coats in their lockers during school to make the concealment of weapons more difficult. Prevention strategies include the teaching of prosocial skills to promote a positive campus climate, courses in conflict resolution, and tough sanctions for students who violate the weapons prohibition. 27-item bibliography, news reports on weapons incidents in schools.
Main Term(s): School delinquency programs; Weapons violations
Index Term(s): Crime in schools
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