2008-2009 Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program Youth Advisory Council Members

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Erica Preston Rivendell Academy
Jamie Eastman Blue Mountian Union High School
Lt Simon, State Advisor


In the aftermath of school violence outbreaks in recent years, the safety of children at school remains an important national issue. According to Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2000 (published by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice), students ages 12 through 18 were victims of more than 2.7 million crimes committed at schools in 1998. Although research continues to show that schools are relatively safe places for children (students were twice as likely to be victims of serious violent crime away from school than at school in 1998), the subject of school safety continues to concern families, school administrators, and communities. The perception of imminent danger in the school environment has become commonplace in many communities, leaving parents, students, and school personnel with, at best, a tenuous sense of security. The school resource officer (SRO) concept offers an approach to improving school security and alleviating community fears.