“Reducing School Violence”

SERVE, the U.S. Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast, has made its 84-pagesafe schools publication, “Reducing School Violence,” available in electronic format at the organization’s web site: http://www.serve.org

The downloadable PDF file is available to assist teachers, school principals, district administrators, parents, students, and others in creating safe environments where learning is the primary focus.

The book covers all major facets of school violence reduction, including establishing a safe environment, creating prevention strategies, forming a crisis management and intervention policy, tracing the risk factors of violence, and implementing national, state, and local school safety initiatives and issues.

Guides to prevent hate crimes

According to a new manual published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), 18 Americans a day become the victims of hate crimes, and the FBI’s hate crime statistics for 1997 reveal about 8,000 hate incidents ranging from harassment, assaults, and murders to vandalism and property crimes.

To help people understand these hate crimes and work to prevent them, the SPLC has published two guides, “Ten Ways to Fight Hate” and “Responding to Hate at School.” The organization has sent copies to every mayor, police chief, and school principal in the nation, as well as every governor, state attorney general, and member of Congress. The booklets also have been published on the law center’s web site: http://www.splcenter.org

Statistics on teen smoking

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a report showing tobacco use among teens and adults in all 50 states. According to the report, titled “State Tobacco Control Highlights, 1999,” current smoking among young people (grades 9-12) ranges from 16.4 percent in Utah to 47.0 percent in Kentucky. Overall, 36.4 percent of students in grades 9-12 have used tobacco at least once in the past month, the report says. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/statehi/statehi.htm