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Safety at School

Protecting Children from Violent Situations at School

One of the primary focal points and task of this site will be to improve the conditions that our children are forced to endure regarding their physical safety at school.  The public school parents network stands firm on the basic premise that under no circumstances should any child ever feel that their physical safety and emotional well being is compromised at any time and under any circumstances.  Further more, it is our position that the assurance and ultimate responsibility for our children's safety is the responsibility of each individual school's administration, ... but without our active participation as parents the outlook is bleak.

     Unfortunately educators are forced to operate under almost ridiculous circumstances.   Until parents become vocal and active in making a difference in public education, administrators are left vulnerable and ineffective.  There has to be a ground swell of parental commitment to the improvement of our schools.  If there is to be a light at the end of the tunnel, it is our responsibility to hold the torch high enough to provide a beacon of light bright enough and strong enough for our children to follow. 


President Clinton's Call to Action for American Education in the 21st Century
Safe, Disciplined and Drug-free Schools

We cannot educate our children in schools where weapons, gang violence and drugs threaten their safety. For students to learn well, their schools must be disciplined and feel safe. While most schools do provide a secure learning environment, a growing number of schools in all types of communities--urban, suburban, and rural--are experiencing problems with violence and with alcohol and drug use.

Fortunately, schools, parents, and communities are finding practical ways to provide children the safe and disciplined conditions they need and should expect to find in school, such as by promoting smaller schools, respectful communities, fair and rigorously enforced discipline codes, teacher training to deal with violence, school uniforms, and after-school programs that keep kids productive and off the streets.

As a nation, we too must do everything possible to ensure that schools provide a safe and secure environment where the values of discipline, hard work and study, responsibility, and respect can thrive and be passed on to our children. We have a basic, old-fashioned bottom line. We must get drugs and violence out of our schools, and we must put discipline and learning back in them.

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National Safety Council:  
to School Safety Tips


Yahoo News:  Full Coverage - School Violence      Current news stories about violence in our schools. 


Office of Juvenile Justice   
and Delinquency Prevention

A PSPN must see site

To provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP accomplishes this by supporting States and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects the public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of families and each individual juvenile.

Also See:  Bullying (excerpt) In this country, bullying has traditionally been viewed as some perverse sort of child's play, its occurrence usually eliciting the common phrase, "Kids will be kids." Today, bullying is rightfully being recognized for what it is: an abusive behavior that often leads to greater and prolonged violent behavior. This phenomenon is more accurately termed "peer child abuse." More


Eric Clearinghouse on Urban Education:  
This digest presents an overview of effective antiviolence strategies for use with elementary school children that educators can integrate into their schools and classrooms.







Student Safety

Playground Safety
School Violence



National Center for Education Statistics
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2002

Chicago Sun Times:
Deadly Lessons: School shooters tell why

Keep Schools Safe .org: Common Questions About Gangs

Juvenile Justice Bulletin:  Combating Fear and Restoring Safety in Schools


Breaking the Code of Silence - A school security expert says student silence is our worst enemy

American School Board
Safe From Harm: An Online Anthology on School Security


Eric-Urban Education Web: Guides of Internet resources about issues affecting school safety

Safeguarding your Children

Hazing: It's Not Just a College Problem Anymore


US Dept of Education: Online Publications


Office of Juvenile Justice: Bullying

Kids and Violence

School Violence Virtual Library


























National School Safety Center: 

School Crime and Violence, Victim's Rights


PG News:
Bullying is not OK in this school.


Michigan State University Libraries:  Criminal Justice Resources - Organizations Dealing with School Violence

When You're Told There is Nothing They Can Do to Protect Your Child

Class Acts:
What Examples are Being Set in the Classroom?

Get it in Writing!


Youth Crime Watch of America


































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