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Document Number: 5703

For Safety’s Sake - This article explores subtle violence occurring in our public schools. Examples include behaviors such as laughing at or not wanting to sit next to certain students. The author contends that this type of violence can be particularly harmful because it is hard to identify and difficult to stop. The author recommends ways to create an environment in which children can expect safety: (1) small schools; (2) a curriculum that addresses cruelty and victimization; (3) close observations of student interaction by adults in the school; and (4) communication between the home adults and school adults. (Deborah Meier, educational HORIZONS, Pi Lambda Theta, Fall 2004)...


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