Violence in Our Schools: Halls of Hope, Halls of Fear / Edition 1

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During the course of the past decade school shootings have become frequent tragedies. These headline-making rampages at schools like Columbine and Santana raise the question: How can we put a stop to these violent tragedies? In Violence in Our Schools: Halls of Hope, Halls of Fear, Tamra Orr provides a comprehensive look at school shootings and provides informative and motivational solutions for youth that will help make school a safer place. Orr presents the most current data on why these events have taken place and who is committing these violent acts. She also includes experts' opinions on and solutions to this dilemma. In each chapter readers are presented with "Questions to Ponder," which stimulate, raise awareness, and motivate. Orr addresses this vital and contemporary topic with a balanced perspective that offers today's youth solutions on how to take a proactive part in contributing to hallways of hope.

Chronicles school violence and discusses its causes, perpetrators, and solutions, including "Questions to ponder" and specific advice for individual action.

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Look no further for a comprehensive and well-written book about school violence. After giving historical information, the author explores why students are violent. Chapter four is particularly impressive because it features experts on the subject of violence, including psychologist Jana Martin, author Rabbi Yehudah Fine, and Perry Core, an expert on brain development. Following each section by a different expert, readers are given questions to ponder. Further questions included at the end of every chapter are valuable for discussions and as possible research topics. Solutions to violence that have succeeded or failed are explored, including prevention programs, uniforms, zero-tolerance policies, peer mediation groups, school security, stereotyping, and software warnings, such as Mosaic 2000, that track information about perpetrators. In the final chapter, the author advises students how they can help decrease school violence, including by taking a pledge against gun violence, appreciating diversity, and breaking codes of silence. The book is interspersed with facts and excellent photos. For example, in discussing why school violence happens, photos of guns for sale at Wal-Mart, teenagers watching the movie Natural Born Killers, teens playing video games, and Marilyn Manson singing enhance the text. There are excerpts from the diaries of school shooters, as well as a suicide note written by Eric Harris of the Columbine murders. Besides being extremely useful for students and those curious about the subject, this book will benefit youth service workers as they learn more about school violence. It is a highly recommended resource for public, academic, and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4PJ S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Franklin Watts, 192p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Biblio. Chronology., Ages 12 to 18.
—Sheila B. Anderson
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-During the past 30 years, acts of violence in schools have prompted much investigation, research, and media attention. Many aspects of the problem are explored here, including the history, possible causes, experts' observations, and suggested solutions. Each chapter includes questions for readers to think about and an assortment of both posed and historical black-and-white photographs. Related topics such as bullying, school uniforms, gun control, and homeschooling are also explored. Statistics, a glossary of unfamiliar and medical terms, Web sites, organization contact information, and further-reading suggestions round out this substantial yet readable look at a troubling yet intriguing topic. While the book will be indispensable as a resource for reports, it would also have a place in professional collections, where it will provide insight for teachers and administrators.-Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531122686
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Single Title: Social Studies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Happening? 7
Chapter 2 Why Is This Happening? 37
Chapter 3 Who Is Doing It? 62
Chapter 4 What Do the Experts Have to Say? 87
Chapter 5 What Are the Solutions? 123
Chapter 6 What Can You Do? 156
Glossary 177
Selected Bibliography 179
For Further Reading 180
Index 187
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