A Search for the Elusive Setting Events of School Vandalism
“Crime and violence threaten the viability of our public schools,” said United States Attorney General William French Smith (Nicholson, 1981). Speaking during June, 1981, Smith called for a crackdown on violence and vandalism in the schools, stating that more than 250,000 students and 5,000 teachers are physically assaulted in a typical month. In addition, the National School Resource Network and the California Safety Center (Nicholson, 1981) report that more than $600 million is spent annually on school property repair, security devices, insurance, and guards.
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