Student fears on secondary school campuses and their perceptions of policies and procedures that increase feelings of safety and security

This study was designed to identify for educators what students feared in secondary school, and what policies and procedures that students perceived to increase their feelings of safety and security on campus. This study explored a distribution of secondary student responses regarding their perceptions of safety and security on a high school campus as it related to four demographic categories: ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, grade level, and gender. The resulting statistical analysis was evaluated further by dividing each category into eight cohorts: White and Hispanic, eligible and not eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, lowerclassmen (LC) and upperclassmen (UC), and male and female. From this research study, administrators, superintendents, and school boards may determine how to utilize fiscal and social resources in creating and implementing safety and security measures that reduce student fears and positively impact their perception concerning safety and security.