In Preventing Violence and Crime in America's Schools: From Put-Downs to Lock-Down, William L. Lassiter and Danya C. Perry provide educators, parents, law enforcement officials, and other youth-serving professionals with a unique perspective on the topic of school violence. More important, it offers solutions to the problems facing all schools when it comes to violence and safety as the authors examine issues related to school violence, opportunities to prevent and intervene, and the importance of planning for a crisis.
William L. Lassiter worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Center for the Prevention of School Violence in 1997, coming to manage the center, where he coordinated a number of initiatives. These include his coauthoring the scripts for "Critical Incident Response: Recommendations for Schools, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Responders for Putting Together the Tools They Need to Respond to a Crisis" and its accompanying video A Critical Incident: What to Do in the First 20 Minutes; the "What We Want to Be Is Bully-Free" campaign; and the National Evaluation of School Resource Officers. Lassiter received the 2007 Hamilton Fish Institute's National Award of Service for his outstanding work in the area of school violence prevention. Danya C. Perry has served as an education consultant for over a decade. He currently works for Communities in Schools of North Carolina as a field services specialist,where he has spearheaded statewide initiatives aimed at school violence prevention, focused specifically on gangs and gang-related activity. Perry has also worked for the nationally recognized Center for the Prevention of School Violence since 1997.