Examining School Administrators’ Perceptions of School-Based Violence Prevention Strategies



Our nation has engaged in a decades-long discussion and debate on the prevention of violence in our nation’s schools. Equipment, strategies, programs, and “cutting-edge” tools have been purchased, piloted, implemented, and employed—all with a common goal in mind: the assurance of a safe learning environment for all students and all educators. In 2018, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education at Queens University of Charlotte sought to add to this discussion by seeking out the perceptions of the very administrators who lead in these K-12 learning institutions. Through a representative survey of over 100 North Carolina K-12 school leaders, insight was gathered regarding the school safety strategies that hold the most promise—and those that are the least effective—through the lens of the school leader. Research participants included leaders from private, charter, and traditional public schools, as well as leaders from elementary, middle, and high school levels. The findings and recommendations in this study add to the ongoing national discussion surrounding the safety of our nation’s schools and students.


School safety Violence prevention School leader School administrator School shootings Education Resource officer Student mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of EducationQueens University of CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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