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Title: Bullets & Bayonets: The Tenor of Today's Violent Schools
Corporate Author: Carver Cty Court Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Carver Cty Court Services
Chaska, MN 55318
Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee

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: To cope with the escalating violence in today's schools affecting both pupils and teachers, students have resorted to carrying weapons for protection.
Abstract: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, during a 6-month period between 1988 and 1989, over 400,000 students experienced violent crimes at schools including assault, robbery, and rape; 430,000 students armed themselves for protection. Security systems in schools, including metal detectors, guards, locker searches, restroom monitors, walkie-talkie units, and visitor badges, contribute to the student's fear of danger. Victimized students reported increased fear for future attacks and were more likely to evade areas of high-risk. Weapons are classified as any instrument that can cause injury to an assailant; sharp and pointed objects, such as spiked jewelry, razor blades, knives, and brass knuckles, are frequently used. Handguns are another popular choice with great potential for lethal outcomes from violent encounters. Though security is the main reason why students carry weapons, some feel it is also a form of status.
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Weapons violations
Index Term(s): Handguns; Juvenile crime statistical analysis; Personal Security/Self Protection
Note: School Safety Update 12/91
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