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No school clampdown after killing of teacher

Issue No. 2401

A 15 year old student stabbed teacher Ann Maguire to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday of this week.

Such shocking events generate many front page headlines. But these can give a skewed picture of what’s going on.

So some commentators questioned whether the killing showed that children in general are “out of control”.  

They raised the prospect of students being routinely searched for weapons and of metal detectors being introduced in schools. But violent events such as the killing of Ann Maguire are rare. 

It is thought to be the first time that a student has killed a teacher in a British classroom. Most children aren’t violent.

And extra security measures in schools won’t stop violent crimes. 

The US has seen a higher number of violent attacks in schools than Britain. Yet fewer than 2 percent of youth homicides there occur in schools.

More security also means more discrimination.

One US study found that 26 percent of black students reported passing through metal detectors, compared to 5.4 percent of white students.

It said black inner city schools put more focus on security than rural and suburban schools.

Talk of more “security” means sniffer dogs, police in schools, security guards and random searches.

Turning all students into suspects won’t stop violence. But it will alienate even more students from education and leave more subject to racist harassment.


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What We Think
Tue 29 Apr 2014, 17:48 BST
Issue No. 2401
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