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Schools are Getting Safer


by Izzy Kalman (April 2002)

In my essay, Columbine Made Simple, I explain that there is no “epidemic of violence” in our schools. Despite the national hysteria about this “epidemic,” school violence has actually been on a steady decline. Why do experts and organizations that deal with violence prevention keep promoting the myth of this epidemic? Because it is good for business.

The school shooting in Germany spurred The Justice Policy Institute to examine the current state of school violence. The news is good. The latest data show that this past year has seen a continuation in the decline of school violence.


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