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  • School Violence

    A young woman sexually assaulted, a grade-nine student “jumped” from behind, kicked in the head and left unconscious, another beaten in the hallway while students watched and recorded on their phones, Indigenous elementary students chased and in fear, a black student repeatedly attacked, called names and physically assaulted. All of these students bravely came forward, seeking help from those who are supposed to protect them - their teachers, principals and coaches. School should feel safe but for these students and thousands of others, school didn't feel safe anymore. Gaining the trust of these young people and telling their stories in a meaningful, empowering way became our goal. CBC’s months-long investigation also took a data-driven approach to document what many called a rise of violence in Canada’s schools. We gave a voice to more than 4,000 students through a groundbreaking survey while documenting a shocking lack of reporting, countrywide.
  • Out of Control: Inmate violence at state-run Martin Girls Academy has local staff, taxpayers paying

    Treasure Coast Newspapers’ reporter Melissa E. Holsman began investigating Martin Girls Academy after hearing from prosecutors, defense attorneys and others concerned with the sometimes brutal violence being reported at the facility since it opened in 2008. Records detail multiple assaults victimizing youth and, more often, employees. The monthslong research included reviewing hundreds of arrest and assault documents, juvenile justice reports, Department of Children and Families abuse records, videos capturing assaults at the complex and personal interviews with current and former staff, attorneys and state officials. Melissa found such a high level of violence within the facility that it is a safety hazard to employees and to the girls themselves. The violence also is costing Martin County taxpayers thousands of dollars annually.
  • Assault on Learning

    "In 2009, the Philadelphia School District made national headlines when racial violence erupted at a neighborhood high school. Even though the public was familiar with the stories of violence in the public schools, the district's message was that the climate was dramatically improving. However, serious assaults were occurring with regularity and the rate of violent incidents were increasing among the neighborhood high schools."
  • Assault of Learning

    When the Philadelphia School District makes national headlines for school violence, the Inquirer spent a year studying the school district's outbreaks of violence. The findings were startling even to an informed public.
  • "Roughed up at recess"

    Undercover surveillance at 52 schools representing five of the state's largest school districts revealed how widespread violence and bullying were on the playground. The investigation focused on the problem of bullying and its causes, contributing factors and possible solutions. The set of stories now serve as educational tools for parents, teachers and administrators statewide.
  • How Teens Get Guns

    A San Jose Mercury News special report finds that "a review of California school shootings in the past decade reveals that most gunmen found their weapons close to home." The analysis showed that family and friends were the main source of firearms.
  • Under reporting of School Violence

    An investigation of state-required reports of violence and vandalism in public schools in New Jersey revealed that the reports were "awful" and "worthless". Additionally, "administrators had no idea of what needed to be reported despite extensive training offered by state officials." The Press also found that more than 130 incidents serious enough to require police intervention were never reported to the state.
  • Zero tolerance, Zero sense.

    Graham Tebo reports whether strict, inflexible policies at school are the answer to solve the problem of school violence. "Some say yes, while others insist that all-or-nothing punishments merely alienate students."
  • Deadly Lessons: School Shooters Tell Why

    In a two-part series, the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the results of the Secret Service analysis of 37 school shootings, "the findings of the study deserve the attention of every adult. . . In their own words, the boys who have killed in America's schools offer a simple suggestion to prevent it from happening again: Listen to us." The study suggest that there are no stereotypes of a child who kills. They come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, incomes and family lives. Rather, the child sees this as the only option and many of the attacks were planned in advance. In addition, many of the shooters easily obtained guns and often told someone of their planned attack. "The answer, researchers believe, lies more in listening to children, dealing fairly with grievances such as bullying, improving the climate of communication in schools, keeping guns away from children, and investigating promptly and thoroughly when a student raises a concern." Bill Dedman reports more on these issues.
  • Lock Down

    New Jersey Monthly sheds light on the rise of school violence. The story reveals that "in schools throughout the state last year ... there were 13,000 violent incidents ... and these weren't mere shoving matches or fistfights." The investigation uncovers a Department of education report on school crimes showing that "violence is more prevalent in urban areas." The report lists the numbers of simple assaults, aggravated assaults, fights and bomb offenses at each New Jersey school district. The story looks at how more and more schools are installing security equipment, although "the most advanced path to safety, according to experts, is through programs that help students to manage anger."