School Violence
A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition
by Laura L. Finley
September 2014, 357pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-623-4
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Shockingly, teachers and administrators are sometimes the perpetrators of school violence.

A timely investigation of the history, legislation, and perpetrators of school violence, this guide debunks the myths and misconceptions about this terrible problem of national concern.

With school violence on the rise, schools have implemented security safeguards like never before in the form of metal detectors, video cameras, and armed guards. School communities have mixed opinions regarding these drastic prevention measures—many welcome the protection, while some condemn the reminders of violence these tactics evoke. This comprehensive text introduces the history of school violence in the United States, providing an overview of proposed causes—from violent video games, to inadequate parental involvement, to bullying by classmates—and detailing the pros and cons of various deterrents.

Experienced criminologist Laura Finley incorporates personal reflections, primary source data, and profiles of key figures to address the painful reality of school shootings and other violent acts. The text expounds upon the characteristics of victims, individuals who are most likely to carry out violence, and common types of assaults. Chapters include a discussion on current legislation; stories of infamous perpetrators; activists who are working to make schools safer; and school, community, and societal risk factors.


  • Addresses significant milestones in legislation and policies that have been enacted to respond to and prevent school violence
  • Contains an informative timeline of key events in the history of school violence and prevention
  • Highlights key court cases as well as data related to measuring violence
  • Provides a compilation of best practices for the prevention of school violence
  • Features perspectives from diverse viewpoints, including administrators, students, and academics
Laura Finley, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University in Florida. Her published works include Greenwood's The Torture and Prisoner Abuse Debate and Juvenile Justice as well as ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence. She received her doctorate in sociology from Western Michigan University.


"This volume in the Contemporary World Issues series rightly identifies a need for information that defines the term according to the current (not necessarily conventional) wisdom. . . . This source will be helpful to program planners, writers and journalists, school officials, law enforcement units, and other groups and agencies that deal with violence among youth."—ARBA, November 12, 2014

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