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School Violence
What Can Be Done to Make Schools Safer?
Last Featured: 1/22/2007

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The school shooting in an Amish community near Lancaster, Pennsylvania points out that school violence can occur anywhere in the nation, from inner city neighborhoods to suburban or rural schools. But will lock-downs, random searches and metal detectors make students safer? And do programs to reduce bullying really work? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at the ways policymakers and educators are trying to prevent school violence.

Interview with a Scholar
Host Margot Adler speaks with Princeton professor Katherine Newman about the incidence of school violence and the psychology of students who act out.

Katherine S. Newman is a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of Rampage: The Social Root of School Shootings.

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Voices from a School - The Students' Perspective

High school seniors at Lamberton High School in Philadelphia express their concerns about school safety.

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Debate on the Issue - How to Make our Schools Safer
Psychologist Peter Sheras and security expert Kenneth Trump debate the problem of violence in schools and the best ways to ensure a safe educational environment.

Peter L. Sheras is a professor in the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and the associate director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project. His work with adolescents, couples and families includes service as a member of the American Psychological Association Zero Tolerance Task Force, a member of the Phi Delta Kappa National Task Force on Youth Suicide, and on the national expert panel that produced Early Warning, A Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools for the U.S. Department of Education.

Kenneth S. Trump is president of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based national consulting firm specializing in school security and emergency preparedness training, school security assessments, and related school safety and crisis consulting services. He is author of Practical School Security: Basic Guidelines for Safe and Secure Schools and Classroom Killers? Hallway Hostages? How Schools Can Prevent and Manage School Crises.

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Voices from a School - The Teachers' Perspective

Teachers from Lamberton High School in Philadelphia discuss ways to improve the safety of their school.

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Report from Los Angeles
Reporter Heidi Pickman visits a California community to see how it dealt with the aftermath of a murder on its high school campus.

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Interview with a Lawmaker
Host Margot Adler speaks with Wisconsin State Representative Frank Lasee about his proposal to arm teachers in order to increase school security.

Frank Lasee is a Republican state representative from Wisconsin. He has served the 2nd Assembly District for 11 years. Lasee is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and Spending Limitations and also serves on the Committee on Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.

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The Menace of School Bullying
Host Margot Adler explores the problem of bullying in schools with professor Jaana Juvonen.

Jaana Juvonen is a professor and chair of the developmental psychology program at UCLA. Her area of expertise is young adolescent peer relationships (bullying in particular) and school adjustment.

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