K-12 School Shootings: Implications for Policy, Prevention, and Child Well-Being

Author: Reeping, Paul M.; Gobaud, Ariana N.; Branas, Charles C.; Rajan, Sonali

Description: Schools should be considered safe spaces for children; children need to feel secure in order to grow and learn. This article argues that when a school shooting occurs, the harm goes beyond those who are injured or killed, because the presumption of security is shattered, and the mental and emotional health of the students is threatened. There are many interventions for preventing these attacks at the school, state, and federal levels. This article explores evidence behind some of these interventions and describes the delicate balance in implementing interventions without introducing undue stress and anxiety into a child’s everyday life.

Subject headings: Adolescent; Child; Firearms; Gun Violence; Humans; Mental Health; Psychology, Child; Public Policy; Schools; Security Measures; United States; Active shootings; Mass shootings; School safety; School shootings; School violence

Publication year: 2021

Journal or book title: Pediatric Clinics of North America

Volume: 68

Issue: 2

Pages: 413-426

Find the full text: https://www.pediatric.theclinics.com/article/S0031-3955(20)30177-2/fulltext

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Serial number: 3629

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