Whether you want to believe it or not, school violence is a thing. We’re not talking about bullying (either in person or cyber-bullying) though those are clearly huge issues for school aged children as well, but we’re talking about more serious school violence. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. While those names are sadly well known to many people, there are many, many more instances of school violence that just aren’t as widely reported as these. According to Wikipedia, there were 51 school shootings between 2000-2009, 97 between 2010 and 2014, with 31 in 2014 alone. And that is just accounting for school shootings and only in the United States – that doesn’t include other types of violence (stabbing and physical fighting for example).
So what’s a teacher to do? (This piece from CBS on teachers and firearms training is really interesting, too). Involving everyone is the first step – teachers, administrators, students, parents, the community. The handy infographic below looks at how to include students in preventing school violence. Keep reading to learn more!