Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education

Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education

Gordon A. Crews (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 322|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9935-9
ISBN13: 9781466699359|ISBN10: 1466699353|EISBN13: 9781466699366


In recent years, a rise in incidents of juvenile delinquency and violence in American schools has led to increasing concern among school administrators, students, parents, and the general public. The frequency of these cases calls into question issues of safety, risk factors, and prevention strategies within the modern school system.

Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education is an authoritative reference source for the latest research on youth violence in schools, offering a thorough analysis of contributing factors to such incidents and possible solutions to prevent future occurrences. Highlighting relevant issues on zero tolerance policies, historical perspectives, and preventive actions, this book is ideally designed for school administrators, law enforcement, teachers, and researchers actively working in educational environments.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Institutionalization
  • LGBTQ Students
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Perpetrator Typologies
  • Racial Disproportionality
  • Special Education Students

Reviews and Testimonials

The 15 essays in this volume address school violence and disturbance in American K-12 education. Criminal justice and other scholars mainly from the US discuss the history of school violence and armed police officers; the impact of mass incarceration and social issues on the propensity to commit violent acts; current issues, such as cyberbullying and the politicization of school shootings and racial dis-proportionality in school discipline; individual groups and offenders, including the characteristics and typologies of perpetrators, the impact of LGBTQ lifestyles, and mentally ill perpetrators; the impact of zero tolerance policies, alternative models, racial disparities in expulsions, and the rights of students; and possible solutions, including addressing bullying and delinquency prevention.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Gordon A. Crews, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (TX). He is also the President of the Veritas Consulting Group (WV). Prior to this position, he was Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology and Founder of the Center for Justice and Social Research at Tiffin University (OH). He earned a Ph.D. in Education/Criminal Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and Master of Criminal Justice, from the University of South Carolina (SC). Prior to teaching, Dr. Crews worked in law enforcement as a bloodhound/narcotics k-9 officer & trainer, field-training officer, and criminal investigator; in corrections as a training and accreditation manager; and in insurance fraud as a private licensed investigator. His publications include refereed journal articles and book chapters dealing with juvenile and school violence, Occult/Satanic involvement and youth, and various law enforcement and correctional issues. Dr. Crews has also appeared as a consultant on national and international programming such as CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360?, The Abrams Report, Nancy Grace, Gloria Van Susteren, African National Television, and Due Diligence on Voice of Russia Radio Network.