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2nd Edition

Staying Safe at School

ISBN 9781439858288
Published May 24, 2011 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

Now more than ever before, today’s schools are hazard zones. Students are vulnerable to attack from other students and random individuals who may appear to be harmless on the surface or who may be sending out warning signals. Either way, to save their lives or protect themselves from injury, they must be prepared. Now in its second edition, Staying Safe at School is a guidebook that every parent and school administrator should make available to students. Concise and practical, this book will show teenagers how to:

  • Perform a risk assessment to determine if they should feel threatened
  • Recognize the troublemakers and prevent trouble
  • Know what to do in a crisis, and more importantly, what not to do
  • Improve their chances of survival if they become victimized
  • Make changes in their lifestyles that will reduce their risk of being victimized
  • Force criminals and bullies to alter their plans against their victims
  • Face fear and learn how to control it
  • Work with other students, teachers, counselors, and administrators to increase the safety of all

Bullies and other school predators will always exist in one form or another. But students can take steps to make themselves less likely to be victimized. Using anecdotes and examples to demonstrate concepts, this volume provides important survival tips and gives students the confidence they need to protect themselves and feel safe in dangerous situations.

Table of Contents

Are You Afraid?
National Survey Shows Fear Level at School
The Most Dangerous Place Is School
You Can Make a Big Difference
Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention Can Be Accomplished by Almost Anyone
Crime Reduction
Four Elements of Crime
Avoidance and Deterrence
Victim Profile
Four Stages of Crime
Risk Assessment
Determine Your Risk Factor
Making Risk Assessment Maps
Hot Spots
Receiving and Rating Information
A Reliability Index
Risk Reduction
Put the U in Security
Risks Can Be Managed
Managing Your Risk
Join with Other Students
Are You a Target?
A Soft Target
A Hard Target
Your Personal Security Program
Be Careful
Never Delegate Your Security
Personal Security
Be Alert
Be Friendly to All
Everyday Security Decisions
Deciding on What to Wear
The Question of School Uniforms
Don’t Let His Eye Stop on You
Knowing How to Walk
Deciding on What to Take with You and What to Leave
Street Crime Alarms
Learn to "Power" Yell
Communication Systems
Weapons or Pepper Spray
Traveling Safely
Choose a Familiar Route
There Are Always Alternatives
Take Your Friends with You: Form Crime Avoidance
Using School and Public Restrooms
Bus or Subway Travel
Riding in a Taxi
If You Drive
Riding Your Bike
Avoiding Troublemakers
Who Are the Troublemakers?
Truants and Tardy Students
Weapon Carriers
Gang Members
Substance Abusers
Ritualistic Groups
Becoming a Successful Victim
Winners and Losers
What to Do during a Robbery?
During a Gunfight
During a Fight
Bomb Scares
Teenage Rape and Sexual Assault Avoidance
Rape Can Happen to Anyone
Prerape Interviewing
Prerape Tests
Rape Myths
Date Rape Prevention
Date Rape
Watch the Men Watching You
What Are You Going to Do Now?
When You Are Attacked
Accept the Probability of Crime
Listen to Your Feelings
Accept the Responsibility
Being Prepared Has Tremendous Benefits
You Can Impact Crime

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Chester Quarles, PhD, is a professor emeritus of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. During his career, he has served as a military policeman, a state policeman, as manager of the Mississippi Crime Laboratory, and later as the director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He also is recognized as a "Certified Protection Professional" by the prestigious American Society for Industrial Security.

Tammy F. Quarles M. Ed. is a Mississippi licensed professional counselor, a national board certified counselor, and a national certified school counselor. She has worked as a counselor for children ages prekindergarten through college. She also has served as a counselor in a variety of school settings, including an inner city, high crime, violent area.


"This is an interesting and important book. It contains a wealth of practical, down-to-earth, sensible, and reliable information about how to keep our children safe at school. As we all know, our students are vulnerable to threats from other students and random people who walk into schools. This book should be made available to every student, to every parent, to every school administrator."
—Olle Fjordgren, CPP, CEO and security advisor, GRANIT Säkerhet, in Security Management