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Criminal Justice


Marisa Bryant


Over the years, school violence has gained attention due to an increase of aggressive behaviors and actions within school systems across the United States. As a result, it has prompted school districts to develop plans that address school violence efficiently to promote safe school environments. There is gap in current literature as it pertains to addressing school violence in the middle school setting. The purpose of this study was to explore the views of teachers and administrators concerning effective ways to implement proactive prevention strategies to attain better approaches to preventing school violence. This case study methodology were framed by Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory to determine the association between school violence, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other middle school staff members. Data were collected through 8 individual, structured, participant interviews with the use of an audio recorder. The resulting data were hand coded to create themes. The results of this study indicated that the middle school administration is failing to administer adequate and proper training to address school violence for their teachers, which has become a major concern. The study findings also indicated that the collaboration of teachers and administrators presented some issues when addressing and managing school violence occurrences. The results of this study could influence positive social change by supplying modernized information concerning the preventions of school violence from the outlook of middle school teachers and administrators.