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ABC's of Surviving School Violence
By Natalie Johnson-Leslie H. Steve Leslie
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Natalie Johnson-Leslie and H. Steve Leslie
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Chapter OneA = Alertness of the surroundings is key
B = Break a window if you need to yell or flee
C = Call 911 then silence the phone
D = Do not huddle in a group-spread far to be alone
E = Exercise caution when you hide
F = Flip off the light switch and watch from every side
G = Giddy-up if you can; a safe place you must find
H = Help others around you and be very kind
I = If you hear a loud bang; Stop! Drop! and make no sound
J = Jump if you must-keep close to the ground
K = Kick if you can to be protected from harm
L = Look left, look right; do not touch the fire alarm
M = Move quickly away from violent actions
N = Non-violence leads to satisfaction
O = Officers are on their way to keep you out of danger
P = Prepare to remain under-cover like a ranger
Q = Quietness is important when hiding one and all
R = Rescue is near for everyone big and small
S = Show your hands to the officer and spread your fingers wide
T = Time to tell what you saw-no more need to hide
U = Understand you can survive with others aid
V = Violence is wrong; it can make you so afraid
W = Watch for the safety of others-this is expected
X = eXtra kindness is needed and will not be rejected
Y = YUCK! Being violent is not nice; being violent is not cool
Z = Zoom in on surviving violence if it happens at your school
So listen little children to what I say Don't be violent night or day Violence in school is always wrong We must be kind to everyone
The issue of school violence continues to be of concern to parents, teachers, administrators, and the public at large. How knowledgeable are young kids about possible options to survive an incident of violence in their classroom, lunchroom, library, or on the playground? At what age is it appropriate to teach young kids safety tips about school violence? In schools, young kids are taught safety features in case of fires, tornadoes, and strangers. Unfortunately, the majority of the incidents of school violence are not perpetuated by strangers. What can be done to fill this gap? In spite of more security in schools, school violence continues to plague our society.
Today, school systems at all levels from day-care centers to universities continue to suffer the pain and loss of many members of their communities through the cold hands of school violence. Those most affected by the plague of school violence are families who lose loved ones. Thus, it makes sense that surviving school violence should be addressed head on from a young age when young minds can be influenced to make the right choices. The message presented in this book is an attempt to educate, inform and emphasize, practical, common-sense principles and practices that can save lives in the event of school violence. Parents and teachers can use this book to supplement early learners' introduction to the alphabet with survival tips to overcome violent acts. This way one fewer life may be lost through school violence because of the knowledge shared with early learners in this book.
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