School Safety: Our Most Important Responsibility Essay
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Although often overlooked, bullying and electronic aggression such as cyber bullying are also considered school violence. It is a pervasive issue that affects millions of students every year. Lately, there has been much attention given to the seemingly increasing incidents of bullying and cyber bullying. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (2009) 42.9 percent of 6th graders reported being bullied in 2007. However, there is no definitive research that proves incidents of bullying have increased over the years. Rather, perhaps, greater national attention to the issue has prompted schools and communities to take action against this category of school and youth violence.
History and Statistics
In 2001, No Child Left Behind addressed two specific areas of reform within the educational systems. First was academic standards based reform, which has become the most prevailing premise. In the wake of some highly publicized, unprecedented school shootings, a second component addressed concerns about school safety. The Act required schools to report all violent incidents.