Spotlight on Consequence Management System
PublicSchoolWORKS (PSW) has added the Consequence Management System to its award-winning StudentWatch suite. This new system helps administrators track and manage the completion of discipline actions. Consequences to behavior issues that are submitted to the system, such as in-school and out-of-school suspensions, are now tracked and communicated to all necessary parties. In addition, student records are now integrated with the Consequence Management System, making it easy to manage behavior reporting no matter what current states require.
The Consequence Management System is a module within the Student Behavior Management System, making it easier for teachers and administrators to effectively manage student discipline and other behavior data at the student, building, and district levels.
Learn more about PSW’s StudentWatch suite.
Spotlight on Student Safety
Violence and bullying in schools knows no age limits. Recently, a 10-year-old boy from Lakewood, CO was arrested after bringing his BB gun to Stein Elementary School and firing at six of his classmates. According to the Huffington Post, the fourth grader snuck his BB gun into the school and brought it out in class when his teacher looked away. He was arrested and booked on municipal assault and dangerous missile charges. The 10-year-old will also face automatic expulsion for bringing the gun to school. This is the second school shooting this year in Jefferson County. In February, a student shot and wounded two eighth-graders at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, CO.
Keeping students safe from acts of rage is not always easy, but being prepared for these random incidents is important. With PSW’s Violence Prevention in Schools and Violence Prevention Using Threat Assessments online courses, teachers and administrators can be better prepared for what to expect and how to diffuse situations.
The Violence Prevention in Schools course explores youth violence in a large societal context and how acts of non-fatal school violence impact the educational environments of schools. It also discusses methods for intervening to reduce school violence and creating safe and secure school environments.
The Violence Prevention Using Threat Assessments course contains information and recommendations from the 2002 U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education report on Threat Assessments in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates (Safe Schools Initiative). This Safe Schools Initiative examined incidents of targeted school violence from the time of the fatal school attacks backward to identify the attackers’ pre-incident behaviors and communication in order to develop interventions that might aid in preventing future attacks.
When Parents Encourage Fighting
Has your student/child ever told you they were being bullied? How did you advise him/her to handle the situation? In Halethorpe, MD, one mother decided to encourage her son to fight his bully. Kelly White, mother of a middle school student, said she was scared for her son’s life if he didn’t stand up for himself. When White’s son told her the week before that he was being bullied, she decided she wanted to teach her son a lesson in standing up for himself, so she encouraged him to get mad and fight his bully. According to WJZ.com, while White felt she was protecting her child, she is now facing multiple charges including second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault.
Instead of fighting back when bullied, parents and students can use PSW’s Student Bullying Reporting System. It provides 24/7 online and telephone systems with built-in communication tools that immediately notify school administrators when an issue is reported. How often do your students/parents report bullying? Do you have a way to track bullying issues in order to address them before the situation gets out of hand? How do you prepare parents and students to deal with bullying? Share your answers to these questions by joining the discussion on Facebook
When Bullies Grow Up
What happens when school-yard bullies are allowed to bully, then grow up to continue hurting others emotionally, mentally or physically? In Oklahoma, two men and two women attacked Stetson Johnson, an 18 year-old boy with learning disabilities, after he allegedly tried to have sex with one of the women. The group of four tattooed ‘RAPEST’ on his forehead, yelled obscenities at him, shocked him with a stun gun, then took him to a field and beat him unconscious with a baseball bat. The group is being held without bail with recommended charges of assault and battery, maiming by disfigurement and kidnapping. According to a police report, police seized tattoo guns, needles, ink and a Taser gun after the suspects were taken into custody. Johnson, who has the mentality of a fifth-grader, now has scars from the attack, trouble breathing, trouble seeing out of one eye and suffers from anxiety.
What could schools have done to teach these young adults about compassion and respect for others? What is your school or district doing to teach students bullying is not okay? Share your stories with us on Twitter @PSWORKS.