New Book Offers Strategies to Prevent School Violence

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Inspired by horrific true stories of student deaths, Robert Sollars decides to take a stand

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A time capsule of the last decade would almost certainly include a listing of school violence. The shootings at Columbine or Virginia Tech, or the incidents of deadly bullying that appear across the United States; all of these events have a common thread: they are violence by or against children or students. Never to Grow Up: Preventing Violence in Our Schools (published by iUniverse), a new book by security consultant Robert D. Sollars, offers suggestions and ideas on how such terrible incidents can be prevented.

“One of the things I am really big on,” Sollars writes, “is that these [events] can be prevented for the most part. We all see the warning signs of something brewing in their heads. Friends, teachers, janitors, lunch ladies, administrators and even more importantly parents. So why don’t we do something?”

Using his professional experience Sollars presents both historical settings and imagined ones, and illustrates how things might have been different had the schools, parents and others responsible taken other steps. He also notes that many of the warning signs that might indicate lurking school violence are the same as those that indicate workplace violence.

Although there are many factors and many people who might bear responsibility for such horrible events, Sollars pulls no punches placing the primary blame. “Parents are more responsible,” he says. “If we don’t know our kids, how do we expect anyone else to know them?”

All of Sollars’ ideas and emphasis, though, are on preventing more such violence. “We can choose to either act upon it or ignore it,” he says.

Never to Grow Up has already received professional praise. Sergeant Jim Schweisthal, supervising school resource officer in a Phoenix area police department, says “…very informative book and I certainly agree with you on the unequal enforcement of rules… the schools can’t determine who started a fight or even try to determine who started it or why. And sometimes there isn’t a lot of common sense…”

About the Author
Robert D. Sollars is a 28-year veteran of the security industry. He has held various management positions for both national and regional security companies. He is also a prolific writer on security topics, having published more than 70 articles, as well as appearing on radio and television as an expert more than 35 times.

Sollars is a former business owner and blogger on security matters, and a legislative watchdog in the matter of workplace and school violence prevention. He is active in the local chapter of ASIS International as the Public relations chair. Sollars lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife Eileen and three watch cats and one less-than-watchful beagle. For more information, visit

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebook on Twitter.

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