School Terrorism

The Tragedies

Scholastic classroom magazines offer students ideas to help keep schools safe this year:

Report threats. Tell an adult if you someone plans to harm others. If a serious threat is made, police officials should be contacted.

Survey your school for problems. Obstacles covering windows or poorly lit areas.

Keep all entrances to your school monitored with a sign-in procedure. All visitors should present identification, sign their names, and be issued a visitor's pass.

Create a safe way home. Students are most vulnerable right after school. Establish a route home that avoids problem areas.

Don't carry a weapon. Experts say that it actually increases your risk of getting hurt. If you see a gun, a knife or any other weapon in school notify an adult immediately.

Get involved in a peer mediation program through your school. By listening and not taking sides, you may help other students resolve conflicts peacefully. PR Newswire Association

Follow the links below for a detailed understanding of the issues involved with school terrorism. Learn about the youths who commit these crimes, what provoked them and what has happened since.

Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2003–04 PDF

Report School Terrorism - Do it here. Don't wait another moment!

School Safety Organizations - There are many organizations, associations and agencies working on this issue. Get involved!

An Epidemic of Bullying - Where it all starts ...

Terror in our Schools - Learn about the terrorists. Highlights the events, terrorists, updates and timelines for terror in US Schools.

The Current Status - The status of terrorism in schools.

The Causes - Theories on the causes behind School Terrorism

The Solutions - Theories and practical solutions

Young Voices From The Cell -- They are kids who kill classmates and teachers, the harsh and unforgiving lives of 12 teens who shot up their schools

School Shootings: A Deadly Pattern -- A photo essay by Time

Columbine -- Littleton Colorado

The Road to Healing The Columbine Community 7 Months Later

School Shootings and White Denial - I can think of no other way to say this, so here goes: white people need to pull our heads out of our collective ass. 2 more white children are dead and 13 are injured, and another "nice" community is scratching its blonde head, utterly perplexed at how a school shooting the likes of the one in Santee, CA could happen. After all, as the Mayor of the town said in an interview with CNN: "We're a solid town, a good town, with good kids, a good churchgoing townan All-American town." Yeah, well maybe that's the problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Health and Human Services, it is your children, and not those of the urban ghetto, who are most likely to use drugs. That's right: white high school students are 7 times more likely than blacks to have used cocaine; 8 times more likely to have smoked crack; 10 times more likely to have used LSD and 7 times more likely to have used heroin. There are more white high school students who have used crystal methamphetamine, the most addictive drug on the streets, than black students who smoke tobacco.

The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child Is Out of Control by Timothy Murphy, Loriann Hoff Oberlin -- When a child's anger threatens to jeopardize school and social life and introduces strain into the family dynamics, it's time for a parent to ask: When is angry too angry? Child psychologist Dr. Tim Murphy has addressed this very question with both the causes and the repercussions of childhood anger and to devise effective strategies for defusing the time bomb. Whether it's a toddler tantrum, a grade-schooler unable to make friends, or a preteen who greets every adult request with antagonism, parents of angry children are baffled by the depth and the root of their child's unhappiness. With simple, techniques, it is possible to help an angry child develop new approaches for coping with explosive situations. Identifying the ten characteristics of an angry child, Murphy provides examples to guide children to more appropriate responses. Murphy alerts readers to parenting styles that work best for volatile children, explaining how a parent's behavior can escalate a child's meltdowns. He pinpoints when anger moves from a normal emotional expression to an extreme one, indicative of a larger problem. Murphy offers advice on situations in which an angry child's temper is most likely to flare. Dr. Murphy offers answers and hope for the families and educators of unhappy children of all ages.

 

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