School Violence: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues) (Hardcover)

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School Violence: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues) (Hardcover)

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A timely investigation of the history, legislation, and perpetrators of school violence, this guide debunks the myths and misconceptions about this terrible problem of national concern.

With school violence on the rise, schools have implemented security safeguards like never before in the form of metal detectors, video cameras, and armed guards. School communities have mixed opinions regarding these drastic prevention measures--many welcome the protection, while some condemn the reminders of violence these tactics evoke. This comprehensive text introduces the history of school violence in the United States, providing an overview of proposed causes--from violent video games, to inadequate parental involvement, to bullying by classmates--and detailing the pros and cons of various deterrents.

Experienced criminologist Laura Finley incorporates personal reflections, primary source data, and profiles of key figures to address the painful reality of school shootings and other violent acts. The text expounds upon the characteristics of victims, individuals who are most likely to carry out violence, and common types of assaults. Chapters include a discussion on current legislation; stories of infamous perpetrators; activists who are working to make schools safer; and school, community, and societal risk factors.
Laura Finley, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781610696234
ISBN-10: 1610696239
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Publication Date: September 26th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Contemporary World Issues (Hardcover)