Violence Prevention in Georgia’s Rural Public School Systems
Chet Ballard, Rudy Prine

America’s rural schools remain safe havens within a society where concern about gun violence and media fixation on mass shootings and bloody attacks in public venues is common. Parents, educators, elected officials and the public at-large expect schools to be safe even though our culture glorifies and even celebrates violence. This research study documents actions and strategies taken by school superintendents in Georgia’s rural public school systems to maintain safe campuses for students, teachers, administrators, staff, and visitors. Variables such as safety technology, student conduct codes, and policies were measured. Superintendents in rural public schools across Georgia were invited to complete a survey and results suggest that strategies being deployed in these school systems are working with only isolated episodes of school violence reported.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v6n2a2