Why do so many school antiviolence programmes backfire? And why do policymakers keep making the same mistakes? The authors of Responding to School Violence examine the pervasive rise of school security measures since the Columbine shootings, highlighting the unintended consequences of policymaking too often shaped by fear and sensationalism.Probing an array of now ubiquitous tactics and programmes-metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, and more-the authors show how increasingly punitive schoolhouse dynamics negatively affect student safety and even educational experiences. They also share lessons from past mistakes and identify workable, comprehensive approaches for addressing a recurrent social problem.
Glenn W. Muschert is associate professor of sociology at Miami University, USA. Stuart Henry is professor of criminal justice at San Diego State University, USA. Nicole L. Bracy is adjunct professor of criminal justice at San Diego State University, USA. Anthony A. Peguero is assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.