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Violence in Schools 

NASN Resources

For the School Nurse: Caring for Yourself Following Traumatic Events at School

National Association of School Nurses (2013). School violence, role of the school nurse in prevention. (PositionStatement). Silver Spring, MD: Author. 

National Association of School Nurses (2014). Bullying prevention in schools. (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

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Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 

Gun Safety - resources about firearm safety and children

Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope After Disaster and Crisis 

The Resilience Project  

American Psychological Association

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

Coping with a Traumatic Event  

Children Exposed to Violence, the Attorney General's National Task Force

Defending Childhood: Protect.Heal.Thrive
Resources to prevent and mitigate children's exposure to violence.

National Association of School Psychologist (NASP)

School Safety and Crisis Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) 

Main website 

Terrorism resources

Talking to Children about the Shooting

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

National Education Association Health Information Network

School Crisis Guide: Help and healing in a time of crisis

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

What Parents Can Do 
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
For Parents of Children Exposed to Violence or Disaster

Coping with Traumatic Events

National PTA 

Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
Improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

Recognizing and Treating Child Traumatic Stress
Learn about the signs of traumatic stress, its impact on children, treatment options, and how families and caregivers can help.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
Provide immediate counseling for those in need of help in dealing with the many issues and problems that arise from a tragedy

Violence Prevention at Schools

Assessing Whether a Student Might Commit a Violent Act
From the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
An information resource

Child Trends

Preventing Violence
Understanding and addressing determinants of youth violence in the United States.

What does the research say about the development of bullying in early childhood?
Bullying poses a serious threat to children’s health and well-being, whether as the one being bullied, the one bullying others, or one witnessing bullying.

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Features statistics on children and families in the U.S. across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.

Futures Without Violence
A group working to end some of the most pressing global issues.

Gang Resistance Education and Training
A curriculum for elementary, middle school students, and families taught by law enforcement officers.  

National Crime Prevention Council
Helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.

Stop Bullying: Speak Up
This initiative from Cartoon Network has an interactive website for children, families and educators.  In the ‘Adult Resources’ section, access tools including an educator’s guide and a list of partnering organizations such as NASN. 

Stopbullying.gov is a robust website filled with anti-bullying resources.

Respond to an Active Shooter

Active Shooter Pocket Guide
A resource from the Department of Homeland Security

Active Shooter: What Can You Do?
A FREE online course from FEMA

Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools
A FREE online course from FEMA

Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event
A video from ReadyHoustonTX.gov

In the literature

Cowell, J.M. (2013). What the Journal of School Nursing authors have said about violence in schools. The Journal of School Nursing, 29 (2), 90-92. DOI: 10.1177/1059840513479759.

Duff, C. (2014). School nurses—new roles for better outcomes. NASN School Nurse, 30(5), 216-218. doi: 10.1177/1942602X14545970

Jacobson, G., Riesch, S.K., Temkin, B.M., Kedrowski, K.M., & Kluba, N. (2011). Students feeling unsafe in school: Fifth graders’ experiences. The Journal of School Nursing, 27(2), 149-159. doi: 10.1177/1059840510386612

Lingenfelter, N. & Hartung, S. (2015). School refusal behavior. NASN School Nurse, 30(5), 269-273. doi:10.1177/1942602X15570115

Regan, M.E. (2009). Implementation and evaluation of a youth violence prevention program for adolescents>.  Journal of School Nursing, 25(1), 27-33.

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