Violence Goes to School: Lessons Learned from Columbine.VIOLENCE GOES TO SCHOOL: Lessons Learned From Columbine columbine, in botany
columbine (kŏl`əmbīn), any plant of the genus Aquilegia, temperate-zone perennials of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), popular both as wildflowers and as garden flowers. . John Nicoletti, Kelly Zinna, and Sally Spencer-Thomas. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service, 2002. 213 pp. $24.00. Although I opened this book with a feeling of foreboding fore·bod·ing
1. A sense of impending evil or misfortune.
2. An evil omen; a portent.
Marked by or indicative of foreboding; ominous. , I completed it with a feeling of hope. The authors contend that the incidents of children killing children and adults are not as random as they may seem, and some factors may be considered potential predictors of such tragedies. In order to assist readers in identifying clues to possible violence, the writers coin the acronym acronym: see abbreviation.
A word typically made up of the first letters of two or more words; for example, BASIC stands for "Beginners All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. TOADS, which stands for Time, Opportunity, Ability, Desire, and Stimulus, all of which are relevant to violence in school settings.
The authors, practicing psychologists who have worked as consultants to police and school officials in many parts of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , draw upon their experiences and on notable instances of school attacks. The authors make the case that school violence can be understood in much the same way as workplace violence. They discuss the symptomatology symptomatology /symp·to·ma·tol·o·gy/ (simp?to-mah-tol´ah-je)
1. the branch of medicine dealing with symptoms.
2. the combined symptoms of a disease.
n. of loneliness and anger, and offer suggestions for identifying threats and developing policies to lessen the likelihood of violent episodes.
While teachers and administrators will find the book troubling, it presents a helpful panorama of actions that schools can take to prevent the tragedy of violent student behavior, as well as actions to be taken both during and after such incidents to help schools get back to normal. Reviewed by Thomas M. Gwaltney, Eastern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University, mainly at Ypsilanti, Mich.; coeducational; founded 1849 as a normal school, became Eastern Michigan College in 1956, gained university status in 1959. , Ypsilanti