This comprehensive, evidence-based examination looks at violence and security across the entire spectrum of education, from preschool through college.
School violence committed against children and young adults is among the most horrifying of all crimes, whether it takes the form of cyberbullying directed at one child or a mass shooting that affects many. Yet there are proven steps schools and universities can institute that will help protect both people and property.
In Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College two expert authors take an evidence-based look at this important issue, dispelling myths and misconceptions about the problem and offering appropriate responses to it. Their book examines patterns, trends, correlations, and causes of violence, crime, and disorder in diverse educational settings, from elementary schools through colleges and universities. It reviews data and research evidence related to forms of violence, from bullying to murder, and it explores the varied security concerns that confront schools of different levels.
In addition to describing the nature and extent of the school violence problem, which is often divergent from media reports, the authors point to other security issues that need to be considered and addressed by administrators and security personnel. Finally, they assess a variety of policy responses and security solutions—some popular yet ineffective, some challenging yet promising—offering advice that will enhance the security of any institution of learning.
• Offers a detailed treatment of the many facets of security, ranging from the use of design, technology, and hardware to policies establishing controls and accountability for schools' real and personal property
• Looks beyond the high-profile school shootings of recent years to include other forms of violence and safety risks
• Emphasizes the role of the human factor in security and the need to exercise care in both hiring processes and selection of contractors
• Argues that failure to consider the protection of assets as well as people can prove costly and embarrassing