Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence
[2 volumes]
by Laura L. Finley, Editor
September 2011, 692pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36238-5
$200, £154, 174€, A274
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It has been more than a decade since the Columbine High School massacre shocked the world—yet it is only recently that early assumptions about the event have given way to a clearer idea of why it happened. Meanwhile, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, as well as estimates that 20–30 percent of students will endure an abusive relationship, make it clear that the problem of school crime isn’t going away.

This book provides a thorough compilation of the types, specific incidents, relevant agencies, theories, responses, and prevention programs relevant to crime and violence in schools and on campuses.

Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence is the most comprehensive reference on this deeply unsettling topic ever undertaken. No other volume integrates as much information about the many types of crime and violence occurring in schools as well as the variety of responses and prevention efforts aimed at curbing it.

In a series of alphabetically organized entries, Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence looks at significant cases both at high schools and on college campuses, with coverage that includes professional and community responses, and theories as to why these events happened. Unlike other volumes that focus only on the most sensational events, the encyclopedia spans the full spectrum of school crime—not just the high profile cases like Columbine and Virginia Tech, but the insidious problems of theft, bullying, cybercrime, violence, sexual assault, and more. Coverage includes information on some cases outside the United States, as well as entries on the government agencies and other organizations dedicated to analyzing and eradicating school crime and violence.


  • Comprises over 80 A–Z entries on types, incidents, theories, measurement, responses, and prevention of school crime and violence
  • Presents contributions from more than 30 experts from various fields providing a multidisciplinary examination of the issue
  • Offers a timeline of major incidents of school and campus violence
  • Provides a list of further readings with each entry, plus a full bibliography of recommended books, journals, and websites at the end of each volume
  • Includes a comprehensive index
Laura L. Finley is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. She is the author or coauthor of eight other books and numerous journal articles on topics related to sociology, criminology, peace, and justice.


"Several useful features expand coverage. There is a school crime and violence time line, sample discussion questions for students or study groups, and suggestions for extension activities suitable for classes: film screenings, song-lyric analyses, debates, mock trials, or ways to promote awareness and activism, such as websites, letters to policymakers, forums, community projects, and so on. . . . This set will be of interest to collections serving researchers in high school and up as well as those supporting education professionals taking continuing-education courses. Recommended."—Booklist, January 1, 2012

"This is an excellent resource on a troubling problem in the education field. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, March 1, 2012
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