The problem of violence in public schools is growing exponentially. The first step to preventing the violence in the schools is to understand the extent and nature of the problem.
According to CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), “nearly 8% of students had been in a physical fight on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. Nationwide, about 6% of students had not gone to school at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.”
More schools are increasing security to help prevent violence in schools. Many schools across America installed security cameras and started limiting access to the school building. Visitors are required to check in at the office and many students are required to wear their ID badge around campus. At numerous schools, there is also at least one full time security guard and drills are run in the case of an active shooter. Chance Merritt, a Snow College student, said, “I feel safe at Snow. I don’t feel like anyone would hurt me here.”
According to a report by the US News, “Certain practices, such as locking or monitoring doors or gates, are intended to limit or control access to school campuses, while others, such as the use of metal detectors and security cameras, are intended to monitor or restrict students’ and visitors’ behavior on campus.”
Schools across America are striving to make their schools a safer environment for both the students and teachers that spend a majority of their time at the schools because they want to create the best learning experience.