Schools under Siege: Guns, Gangs and Hidden Dangers

Schools under Siege: Guns, Gangs and Hidden Dangers

by Carl W. Bosch

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThese series titles present fairly up-to-date statistical (1990-94) and anecdotal evidence of two multifaceted and related problems. The authors believe that the causes of dangerous schools and teen crime lie in our turbulent society; they cite gangs, guns, drugs, violence and sex in the media, poverty, discrimination, unstable families, inappropriate role models, and the lack of parental supervision as explanations. Both titles stress that all socioeconomic and geographic regions of the country have been affected. Bosch concludes that children have become "harder" and desensitized to the pain they cause others. Schools deals at length with the presence of weapons. Safety hazards to students and teachers are also viewed in a broader context, including attention to environmental problems in "sick buildings," as well as criminal incidents. This book is somewhat repetitive and disjointed in style. In his last chapter, the author switches from addressing a general audience to a patronizing appeal to young people. It is doubtful that the section "Learn New Strategies to Deal with Conflict" will be of help to readers. Margolis traces the history and the workings of the juvenile justice system, referring to relevant Federal legislation and Supreme Court decisions. He asserts that there is pressure for stricter prosecution of offenders and their transfer to the jurisdiction of adult courts. Black-and-white illustrations and color covers add little to either title. Nonetheless, these books are acceptable additions.Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Issues in Focus Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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