How Safe Is Your School?

We work hard to keep our children safe. For example, we always buckle them into car seats, remind them to look both ways before crossing the street, and keep medicines and other poisons out of their reach. We even worry about their safety while they spend the day at school.

The terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut made school shootings once again a reality for all of us, prompting some schools to increase their efforts to prevent violence. Many schools already were doing a good job in this area. Thankfully, school shootings are extremely uncommon, with children between 12 and 18 years of age twice as likely to be victims of a serious (nonfatal) violent crime when they are away from school as when they are at school.

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