If schools are unable to connect the dots between students, parents, teachers and administrators, we will continue to see more students disconnecting, withdrawing from school, resorting to violence or tragically taking matters into their own hands.
Lincoln, NE (PRWEB) March 04, 2015
Thirty-four percent (34%) of students say they are aware of an individual who poses a risk to their school, according to Awareity’s 2014 Student Safety Report.
The 2014 Student Safety Report unfortunately validates that many of the same overall risks and liabilities identified in last year’s report still exist. The results reveal students observe and know about things most school administrators don’t. Students are talking about concerning behaviors (hurting others, self-harm/cutting themselves, suicidal ideations, bringing weapons to school, drugs/alcohol and other risks) among themselves, but unfortunately these valuable pre-incident indicators are not being shared with the right people – school threat assessment and prevention teams.
Awareity’s online student survey is designed to gather current data on school climate, and responses from nearly 6,500 K-12 students (from across 14 states and Canada) revealed numerous gaps in schools and painful challenges facing youth today.
Almost 80% of students are witnessing and/or experiencing bullying at school. Sadly, when students reported bullying, they say things got better only 17% of the time – either nothing happened or the behaviors escalated! And when students were asked why they are staying quiet about bullying-related behaviors, 28% said they are scared to make the situation worse. How can student achievement improve if this is the current school climate?
“Clearly school administrators face mounting obligations and liabilities,” said Rick Shaw, CEO of Awareity. “If schools are unable to connect the dots between students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators, as a Nation we will continue to see more students becoming disconnected, withdrawing from school, resorting to violence or tragically taking matters into their own hands. The bottom line is concerning behaviors and warning signs are almost always observed, so most liabilities and tragedies are preventable. However, the path to prevention requires 6 essential steps and most schools are not equipped to accomplish these steps, finding themselves in constant reaction and crisis management mode.”
The 2014 report highlights the most critical findings from Awareity’s annual student survey and outlines the top 6 steps every school administrator should be taking to proactively prevent mounting liabilities related to student safety concerns, bullying, online behaviors, incident reporting failures and school response efforts.
The report can be downloaded in full at http://awareity.com/2014-student-safety-report/.