School Safety

Although many schools are safe, others can be just as susceptible to crime and violence as other environments. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 17 children and teens were killed at school and five children killed themselves in the year ending June 30, 2002. Moreover, in a 2001 survey by the National School Safety Center (NSSC), more than 60 percent of high school boys and 15 percent of middle school boys said they could get a gun if they wanted to. At the same time, 69 percent of high school and 27 percent of middle school boys said they knew how to get drugs. Thirty percent of the kids reported being bullied. In what could be an ominous precursor to adult behavior, nearly a quarter of the students in another 2001 survey published by NSSC reported that they knew at least one student at their school who had been a victim of dating violence. There are no easy answers to the disturbing questions these statistics raise, but it is clear that collaboration between parents, educators, law enforcement, and crime prevention practitioners is essential.

Programs on School Safety

Be Safe and Sound in School
B3S is a program that seeks to raise awareness of school safety and security issues and provide the tools and resources needed to effectively address them.

Teens, Crime, and the Community
The Teens, Crime, and the Community (TCC) initiative has motivated more than one million young people to create safer schools and neighborhoods.

Downloadable Resources on School Safety

Title Description Size
FileA Dozen Things Parents Can Do To Stop School Violence  A helpful fact sheet for parents on stopping school violence 14.4 kB
FileA Dozen Things Principals Can Do To Stop School Violence  A helpful fact sheet for school principals on stopping school violence 12.7 kB
FileA Dozen Things Students Can Do To Stop School Violence  A helpful fact sheet for students on stopping school violence 13.6 kB
FileA Dozen Things Teachers Can Do to Stop School Violence  A helpful fact sheet for teachers on stopping school violence 11.6 kB
File Caregivers' Guide to School Safety and Security  This document offers children's caregivers ways to promote and foster socially appropriate behaviors and positive relationships. The booklet discusses issues ch... 236.8 kB
File Five Ways Good Communication Can Boost School Safety  A reproducible brochure from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit 114.1 kB
FileMaking Schools Safer: Ten Things Caregivers Can Do  A helpful fact sheet for caregivers on stopping school violence 2.1 MB
File Parent Survey Executive Summary (PDF)  Key results regarding parents' perceptions of school safety and relationships with neighbors from a survey of 1,400 parents conducted in July 2008. 30.0 kB
FileReady for Kindergarten?  A cartoon strip about preparing your children for kindergarten 218.2 kB
FileReality of Gangs  A reproducible brochure about the dangers and risks that gangs pose to their members and communities 1.2 MB
File School Safety and Security  This presentation discusses school safety and security issues, factors affecting school safety, key components of school safety planning, and how to engage the ... 448.5 kB
File School Safety and Security Toolkit: A Guide for Parents, Schools, and Communities  A toolkit to supplement the Be Safe and Sound in School program 5.9 MB
File  School Safety: What Parents Can Do To Help  Newspaper Mat Feature: While your child’s school may have been spared from any headline-catching, violent incidents, chances are that less dramatic acts of ho... 308.1 kB
File  School Violence: A Deadly Pattern Calls For Action  Newspaper Mat Feature: Are schools safe? Considering the number of tragic events that have occurred at schools across the country in recent years, this is one q... 1.1 MB
File Stand Up and Start a School Crime Watch Today  A reproducible brochure for teens on starting a school crime watch 1.3 MB
File Stopping School Violence  A supplement to the Be Safe and Sound in School program 7.1 MB
File Tips for Working Together to Create Safer Schools  A reproducible brochure for teens on making schools safer 859.6 kB