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NCJ Number: 134665 Find in a Library
Title: Principals and Police -- A Pilot Study (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 129-137, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): D Challinger
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: To investigate the use of police by Australian school principals, a questionnaire was distributed that described three criminal behaviors (theft, assault, and vandalism).
Abstract: School principals were asked to indicate what action they would take for each incident. Only 30 responses were received, but they reflected a range of Australian schools. In response to theft, most principals indicated they would first confront alleged thief and determine the facts. Almost all would require parents to come to the school, and many would involve pastoral care staff or counselors. Only five principals indicated they would call the police for this incident. If the value of stolen property was more than $300, however, principals were more likely to call the police. The fact that the student was bright and caused no trouble in class did not change the sort of action principals would take. In the case of teacher assault, principals reported they would take action in four areas: the student would be quickly removed from the scene; the teacher would receive immediate assistance; and effort would be made to reconstruct and evaluate the incident; and bureaucratic procedures would be followed. Twelve principals stated the incident would lead to a student's immediate suspension, but only four would have called the police. In the case of vandalism, principals had a fairly consistent approach. Parents of students would be contacted, and 18 principals indicated the police would also be alerted. If students offered to pay the costs of repairing the damage, principals were more likely to be kindly disposed toward the offenders. Overall, principals were most likely to call the police for vandalism, a little less likely to call the police for assault, and even less likely to report theft to the police. 3 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile theft offenses; School vandalism
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Crime in schools; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Students; Violent juvenile offenders
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