This was another week filled with news stories of guns and violence in schools, most of which occurred in suburban or rural areas and involved kids age 10 to 14. A huge brawl in a Chicago high school, in which no one was injured, stands out as the only incident that took place at an urban school, and the only one that involved older teens.
As another Babble writer points out, school shootings are incredibly rare when you consider that our nation has 130,000 schools and 50 million students in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12. And in fact, it’s clear that kids are more likely to be subjected to violence outside of school than inside of school.
But the knowledge that schools are actually pretty darn safe doesn’t mean we should ignore what’s going on in schools around the nation. The stories about school violence this week–those that made the major news outlets and those that only made the local paper–are important because they help us, as parents and as voters, educate ourselves about education.
Here’s a look at what happened in schools this week around the nation:
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