How safe is a school? An exploratory study comparing measures and perceptions of safety

Diley Hernandez, Lysbeth Floden, Kris Bosworth

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Abstract

This exploratory study investigates the relation between incident reports to local law enforcement, and students' and teachers' perceptions of school safety. Using a combination of grounded theory and statistics, we compared quantitative data collected from law enforcement agencies with qualitative data provided by students and teachers during focus groups. Findings show that incidents of serious violence and attacks, minor violence, and other school-related crime, in that order, constituted the most frequently reported incidents. Infrequently reported events included intimidation and bullying, and weapon and alcohol possession. In some cases, even though both students and teachers had similar perceptions of safety, their perceptions did not necessarily match the frequency of official incident reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of School Violence
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 19 2010

Keywords

  • Law enforcement reports
  • Perceptions
  • School safety
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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