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School violence is a growing concern, here’s some ways to resolve it
Airdate: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
According to a pew research survey, 32% of parents of children in K-12 schools say they are very or extremely worried about a shooting ever happening at their children’s school.
Recent data shows over 150 million students report having experienced peer violence in and around school and live in conflict-affected areas where classrooms are often no safer than their communities.
Within the state school violence of all kinds has become a growing concern.
Tuesday Harrisburg School District held a public forum to address the increase in violent incidents at its schools, as there have been 69 incidents this year and an increase in suspensions.
Joey Melvin, Director of Center for Safe Schools, said school violence is everything from an assault to a school shooting, serious injury, or death that was caused by someone or multiple people.
He also said, that the high impact school violence events are extremely low frequency but may be taking place because of what’s happening in the school’s community, peer pressure, mental health issues, and more.
“As we deploy resources to respond to these these low frequency but highly impactful events, one of the biggest and most proactive methods for that is behavioral threat assessment,” Melvin said.
He said his organization is an advocate for training school staff and safety teams to identify students that may end up on the pathway to violence.
School violence takes place in urban, rural and suburban areas within the state and Melvin said these incidents have a major impact on school staff and students.
“I’ve lost students to suicide. I’ve lost them to a car accident. Especially knowing them and seeing them every day and having that relationship, you take it very personal and you want to protect them all,” Melvin said. “And I think that is shared not just with me in my personal experience, but I guarantee you, every educator that’s out there and every staff member that works in school; they all generally have this love for their children. They want the best for them.”