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Students', faculty, and staff members' perceptions of school safety in a middle school setting

School safety is an extremely important issue of great concern to educational administrators nationwide. This study analyzed the demographics and responses of students, faculty, and staff members of one middle school in southern California as well as their exposure to school safety issues (i.e., weapons, drugs, theft, vandalism, and bullying) to determine which variables create a negative perception of school safety. The survey data showed that while the majority of faculty and staff members feel safe at school, some students do not feel safe. Of those students who felt unsafe at school, weapons, drugs, and bullying appeared to be contributing factors to their heightened feeling of insecurity. Although this study did not determine exact causes of students feeling unsafe, the findings in this study serve as an initial point for future research in perceptions and actual issues concerning school safety. Based on the implications from the findings, several recommendations to increase a positive perception of school safety are presented.

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