School Safety: Our Most Important Responsibility Essay

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On Wednesday January 5, 2011 a Millard South High School student walked into his high school armed with a gun. The boy had been suspended from school earlier that morning. He signed in at the office and proceeded to the assistance principal’s office. Within 4 minutes, office staff reported hearing gunfire. The student had shot the assistant principal and the principal as he tried to intervene. He continued to shoot, taking aim at a school custodian and then at a security officer as he fled the premises. The school’s resource officer, hearing the gunshots, responded, but the student was gone. Police found his car in a nearby parking lot. He had taken his own life (Lincoln Journal Star.com, 2011).
The aforementioned incident deeply
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Examples of school violence include fighting, weapon use and gang violence on school property, on the way to or from school or at a school sponsored event (CDC, 2011).
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.

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