Why is School Safety Important

Terry Hurley
Schools need to keep children safe

In today's society the question of Why is School Safety Important? is simply answered by looking at the number of increasing incidences of violence in our schools.

Keeping Our Children Safe at School

A safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. Without it they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future. When violence is part of the educational setting, all students are affected in some way. Even though your child may not be the actual victim of violence in school, there is a very good chance that he or she will witness violent acts throughout the educational years.

The issue of school safety is a major concern at all levels of government from local to federal. School boards meet with teachers and parents to listen to their concerns and suggested solutions. State and federal governments are taking steps to improve school safety and law enforcement as the nation realizes the importance of school safety.

Increased Violence in Our Schools

Although there are experts that say violence has always existed in schools in urban areas, many experts are concerned over the increased number of violent acts taking place in our nation's schools. Some even argue that violence in certain urban areas has reached epidemic proportions, desensitizing many students and leaving them feeling that violence is a normal part of their school life. Sadly, violent acts in schools occur at all educational levels.

Every child should feel safe from violence in their school, yet there are many that do not. Once violence in school was a fight between students, often taking place in the schoolyard and ending with adult intervention. Today, it is not unusual for students to violently attack other students, teachers, security guards and school personnel, showing a complete lack of respect for authority. These attacks often result in injury and at times, death.

Why is School Safety Important?

When we think of violence in schools, the horrific acts that occurred at Columbine High School Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University come to mind. These incidents, and others like them, are the worst cases of violence in our schools, yet at times they seem to overshadow the increasing prevalence and severity of school violence.

School safety is important to protect all students and school personnel from violence that includes:

  • Assaults
  • Bullying
  • Victimization
  • Theft
  • Classroom disorder
  • Fights
  • Robbery
  • Use of weapons
  • Sexual attacks
  • Violent crime

The Need for School Safety

The following are a few of the many incidents that exemplify the need for school safety.

  • A first grader from Michigan shot and killed another first grade child.
  • A 14-year-old student attending a school in Ohio for high achieving students shot and killed two students and two teachers and then himself. The day before he had been suspended because of a fight with another student.
  • A Philadelphia kindergartner repeatedly punched his pregnant teacher in the stomach during an attack.
  • A second grader from Indiana beat his teacher with his shoe.
  • A California high school student attacked a school resource officer by hitting him in the head from behind with a baseball bat.
  • An Ohio substitute teacher in an elementary classroom was sent to the hospital with injuries from students throwing books and other things at her.
  • In Australia, a six-year-old boy was set on fire in the school playground by another child.
  • Within two years of the Columbine High School shootings there were eight similar school attacks, each resulting in severe injuries and death.

The crisis of violence in our schools has devastating effects. All necessary steps and precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of all students. Zero tolerance policies and violence prevention programs need to be instituted in schools. Parents, schools and communities need to work together to take measures to make their schools a safe place for everyone.


Why is School Safety Important? Safety in our schools is important and necessary to support the academic success of each child, giving them the opportunity to learn and achieve in a safe and nurturing environment.

Why is School Safety Important