Source: (2000) Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 24-28.

James Van Patten and Jerry Siegrist open their paper with the observation that school safety is a topic of national debate due to the severity of student violence in recent years. There are no simple and quick fixes to the problem of school safety; the problems of the larger society are reflected in the culture of public schools. In this context, Van Patten and Siegrist explore a number of strategies for school administrators in addressing youth behavior problems. These include, among other strategies, psychological profiles of students, suicide prevention, management by walking around, restorative justice in schools, parental involvement, and more. Additionally, they discuss certain issues with respect to schools and the lives of students, such as the constitutional rights of students, religion and school dress, dress codes, and future trends in school safety.