College Campus Violence: The shootings at Virginia Tech brought college campus violence to the forefront.
Myths About School Violence: Research shows that many commonly held beliefs about youth violence (e.g. school violence is increasing, youth violence is intensifying) are incorrect.
National Statistics: Statistics assessing violence in schools on the national level, with commentary.
School Crisis Response Resources: Links to resources pertaining to school crisis response.
School violence: Fears versus facts: Professor Cornell’s book on understanding violence in schools
Virginia Statistics: Statistics assessing violence in Virginia schools, with commentary.
Zero Tolerance: Is zero tolerance an effective response to school violence?
Violence in schools is not a new problem. Reports of student violence can be found throughout American history. Congressional inquiries over a perceived increase in youth violence in schools can be found in every decade since the 1950s (e.g., Bayh, 1975; Crews & Counts, 1997). School safety should be recognized as an ongoing concern that deserves more systematic and sustained attention, and reliance on evidence-based practices rather than sporadic, crisis-driven responses to high profile incidents (Cornell & Mayer, 2010). Research suggests that we should develop a long-term strategic plan for school safety.