1. School-level factors affecting incident and response:

    • Size of the school

    • Organization of the school

    • Teacher characteristics

    • Parental involvement in the school

    • Educational policies of the school (tracking/class size/extracurricular activities)

    • Governance and disciplinary policies and practices of the school

    • Security arrangements for the school

    • Extent and quality of teacher connection to students beyond curriculum

  1. Description of response and consequences for community of both incident and responses made:

    • Outcomes of court cases (criminal, civil)

    • Consequences for offenders

    • Consequences for victims

    • Consequences for families of offenders

    • Consequences for families of victims

    • Grief counseling/activity following events

    • Policy changes (and apparent consequences) initiated with schools:

      • New hardware at schools (magnetometers, fences)

      • Heightened surveillance and control of students

      • Police officers in schools

      • Use of transfers of students to other schools

      • Increased efforts to deal with festering disputes and grievances

    • Policy changes (and apparent consequences) initiated in wider community


With the template developed to define the information to collect for each case, it became important to describe the sources to consult to obtain the needed facts. The sources of information relied on in developing facts and observations to fill out the case template include:

  1. Journalistic accounts:

    • local newspapers

    • local radio and television

    • national newspapers and magazines

    • national radio and television coverage

    • special documentary reports

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