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University of Oregon, College of Education. Eugene, OR.
Crisis Prevention and Response:
Is Your School Prepared?
Springfield School District
Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior
University of Oregon
no issue in recent years has galvanized public concern in the way that
school violence has. The specter of violent and antisocial behavior in
our schools breeds fear and hinders the lifestyles of nearly everyone.
Constant media coverage of the recent mass school shootings in America
adds to the perception that schools are inherently unsafe and our
communities and families are at risk.
Violence occurs in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities
and is expressed through the activities of gangs, juvenile and adult
criminals, and domestic abusers. Society no longer considers schools
safe havens for our children in which they are free to learn and
develop. On an increasing basis school administrators and staff have to
deal with deadly violent incidents and threats of violence from
students and others. Developing comprehensive school safety plans has
become an integral part of school improvement planning.