Preventing Violence and Crime in America's Schools
From Put-Downs to Lock-Downs
by William L. Lassiter, Danya C. Perry
June 2009, 227pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35396-3
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Most U.S. schools face some form of disorder, with incidents of crime reported at 96 percent of high schools, 94 percent of middle schools, and 74 percent of primary schools. We know what works when it comes to prevention, yet we are inconsistent in applying methods that may help ward off such incidents.

A thorough overview of violence and crime in America's schools explores which solutions work and which don’t, providing a framework for prevention at every level.

Although it is major incidents like Columbine or Virginia Tech that grab the headlines, everyday occurrences of bullying, harassment, and physical intimidation in schools impact entire communities, driving kids out of public schools and destroying faith in public education. Preventing Violence and Crime in America’s Schools: From Put-Downs to Lock-Downs provides educators, parents, law enforcement officials, and other youth-serving professionals with a unique perspective on the topic of school violence. More important, it offers solutions to the problems facing all schools when it comes to violence and safety.

Two expert authors examine specifics relating to school violence, opportunities to prevent and intervene, and the importance of planning for a crisis. Most other books about school violence either highlight the research or highlight practitioner viewpoints. This revealing book presents both, balancing insights gained through real-world experiences with research on best practices. The result is a fuller understanding of the problem—understanding that will enable solutions.


  • 7 tables, 3 figures
  • Bibliography
William L. Lassiter is the manager of the Center for the Prevention of School Violence at the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Raleigh, NC. He also serves on the state Advisory Board to the State Board of Education on School Safety, the Advisory Board for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, and the North Carolina attorney general's working group on bullying. He has been featured on a number of major news networks and in national publications including: CNN, Fox News, the BBC, USA Today, the Los Angles Times, and the New York Times, among others.

Danya C. Perry has served as an education consultant for the past ten years. Perry currently works for Communities In Schools (CIS) of North Carolina as a field services specialist. He has assisted in spearheading statewide initiatives aimed at school violence prevention, positive youth development, and gang prevention/intervention. He has also worked for the Center for the Prevention of School Violence since 1997. Perry serves as a national consultant for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Gang and Violence Reduction Project and has been featured on a number of major news networks and in national publications.


"This guide to school violence prevention is designed for educators, parents and law enforcement officials who need a balance of practitioner viewpoints and research to assess best practices. Lassiter (manager, Center for the Prevention of School Violence, North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention) and Perry, an educational consultant, address everyday violence in schools such as bullying, harassment and intimidation and highlight the role of support personnel in preventing an escalation into more destructive and tragic incidents. A section also uses firsthand accounts to dispel common myths about school violence."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2009
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