The school violence dilemma: Protecting the rights of students with disabilities while maintaining teachers' sense of safety in schools

Susan C. Bon, Susan C. Faircloth, Gerald K. Letendre

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Abstract

Focus group interviews were used to investigate teachers' perceptions of school violence and their sense of safety in schools. Analysis of these data revealed that teachers perceived a discrepancy between their rights to maintain a safe classroom environment and the rights of students in special education to receive a free and appropriate public education. Four major themes emerged: (a) safety in the classroom, (b) disciplinary double standard, (c) limited disciplinary options, and (d) perceived tension in the educational environment. These emergent themes create a complex dilemma for schools as they are faced with balancing their duty to provide a safe working and learning environment with their duty to provide a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-157
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Disability Policy Studies
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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