Invasive Violence

A community's manifestations of street violence -- bullying, gangs, the possession and use of weapons, substance abuse, and violence in the community -- could be a direct cause of the decline in educational opportunity. These manifestations cause students to be fearful of going to school. Both the topics and the promising strategies reported at the end of each section represent an overview developed by staff at the National School Safety Center (NSSC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program. The strategies suggested are a distillation of information gathered from NSSC's work on the Youth Out of the Education Mainstream initiative and school site assessments, examinations of curriculums, consultations with experts and youth-serving professionals in the field, and surveys of topical articles published in government reports, periodicals, newspapers, and the NSSC publications School Safety and School Safety Update.

Combating Fear and Restoring Safety in Schools Juvenile Justice Bulletin   ·  April 1998