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Staying Safe at School

2nd Edition

By Chester L. Quarles, Tammy F. Quarles

CRC Press

158 pages

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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.


"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

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


About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety