Another hot topic issues for the American public is school safety: The poll finds that 88 percent of parents feel their child is safe when he/she is in school—the highest percentage ever on the Poll. In contrast, only 66 percent say they feel their child is safe when he/she is playing outside in their neighborhood.
59 percent of those polled said they’d like to expand mental services over adding security guards in schools and a large number of respondents would rather embrace building screening procedures rather than reliance on armed guards.
In fact, some of the highest “strongly disagree” percentages on the survey came in response to questions about arming teachers and administrators, with 90 percent total disagreeing with arming teachers and administrators.
“Eighty percent of respondents are more concerned about violent actions by students than intruders,” said Doris Terry Williams, executive director of The Rural School and Community Trust, D.C., in the report. “That concern is corroborated by a recent Rural Trust study indicating that students were far more likely to be the perpetrators of acts of school violence.”
Williams explained that though this data may be shocking, now more than ever schools should focus on mental health services for “greater effort building developmentally appropriate relationships and climates that validate the worth and contributions of all students…more must be done to make the case that our children are not our enemies, but the victims of misguided politics.”
For more information on these results, plus other findings on home schooling, charter schools, subjects taught in school, engaging parents, the President’s education priorities, and educating students of illegal immigrants, view the report: http://pdkintl.org/noindex/2013_PDKGallup.pdf
For the infographic on the poll results: http://pdkintl.org/noindex/2013_PDKGallup_HL.pdf
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