Students in Danger: Survivors of School Violence

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School is supposed to be a safe place where students and their friends can study and learn about the world around them. But what about when it isn't safe? School shootings like those in Columbine and Virginia Tech have made many fearful about what might happen at school. For others, bullying has made school a nightmare place they dread going to every day.
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Overview

School is supposed to be a safe place where students and their friends can study and learn about the world around them. But what about when it isn't safe? School shootings like those in Columbine and Virginia Tech have made many fearful about what might happen at school. For others, bullying has made school a nightmare place they dread going to every day.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Each of these series books offers engaging information and trustworthy advice for several real-life situations, including cancer and life-threatening diseases, racism, surviving in the wilderness, life's catastrophes, and school violence. Survival Skills begins with a brief and accessible discussion of the psychology of stress and its role in adolescence, and offers twelve pieces of advice for overcoming difficult experiences and catastrophes. These tips are derived from a special set of skills exhibited by survivors of personal, physical, and natural disasters and serve as a foundation for the chapters that follow, including "Find Positive Channels for your Anger" and "Connect to Something Bigger than Yourself." A similar approach is used in Students in Danger. This book is dedicated to explaining the psychology of school violence through real-life examples and stories. The book discusses the highly publicized school shootings of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and the West Nickel Mines Schoolhouse and attempts to make sense of such seemingly senseless violence. It also discusses bullying as another, and often overlooked, form of school violence, emphasizing its prevalence and the fact that students who are victims of such treatment are not alone. Each book advances the idea that although humankind may suffer certain catastrophes, acts of violence, or other life-threatening and life-changing experiences, there is always hope and help. These high-quality books feature important, and sometimes complex, information in an easy-to-read format, offering high-gloss photographs, marginal glossary notes, concept definitions, a bibliography, and further reading recommendations. Eachbook is packed with interesting, thought-provoking information for the adolescent reader. What makes the installments especially engaging and relevant is their frequent use of personal stories and interviews. For example, the school violence installment not only narrates experiences of school shootings survivors but also highlights individual celebrities' battles with school bullying, such as Tiger Woods, Chris Rock, Bill Clinton, and Christina Aguilera, among others. Well-written and engaging, these personal stories help make the issue at hand more concrete, rather than abstract and general. In this way, readers are able to apply the information to their own lives and connect with the idea beyond a simple definition. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—These books show that, in spite of one's circumstances, it is possible to overcome difficult situations. Students in Danger poses the questions of what makes schools safe and what makes them violent. After a discussion of the Minnesota school shooting and mention of others that have occurred throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, causes of violence are considered. Succeeding chapters examine school violence through the stories of survivors of the Columbine shootings, Virginia Tech massacre, and the shooting in an Amish school in Pennsylvania. A chapter on types of bullying includes the experiences of many famous personalities and also addresses the long-term impact such incidents may have on self-esteem and psychological health. When Danger Hits Home focuses on forms of domestic abuse—physical, psychological, and sexual, with other chapters sharing stories and information in greater depth on sexual, child, partner, and elder abuse. The last chapter provides the names of organizations to contact for help in the event of abuse. Both books include numerous captioned colored photos, diagrams, charts and graphs, as well as a variety of sidebars and text boxes. Definitions of terms highlighted in purple within the text are defined in the margins on the pages where they appear.—Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Are Our Schools Safe? Surviving School 9

2 The Columbine Shootings: Reaching Past Our Boundaries 21

3 The Virginia Tech Massacre: Finding Meaning in Insanity 35

4 Surviving Bullying: You Are Not Alone 53

5 Violence in a One-Room Schoolhouse: The Power of Forgiveness 95

The Power of Forgiveness 95

Further Reading 120

For More Information 121

Bibliography 122

Index 125

Picture Credits 127

About the Author and the Consultant 128

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