School Crisis: Under Control (1991) combines actual news footage of school crisis events with the insights and recommendations of school officials who have dealt firsthand with violent tragedies on their campuses. From having experienced deranged gunmen invading their campuses, hostage situations, bombings, and students killing teachers and each other, participants at the National School Safety Center’s “School Crisis Prevention Practicum” offer other educators valuable advice about school crisis prevention, preparation, management, and resolution. Acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos hosts this 25-minute, award-winning educational documentary that covers topics such as outlining staff roles and responsibilities, dealing with the media, providing adequate communication systems and signals, arranging transportation, and offering grief counseling (available in VHS format). ($65)
High Risk Youth/At the Crossroads ( 1989) addresses drug abuse prevention by focusing attention on specific negative social, economic, and behavioral problems that make youths more vulnerable to drug abuse problems. Hosted by Le Var Burton, the program promotes a “risk-focused approach” to youth drug abuse prevention that goes beyond “just say no.” The 22-minute documentary profiles several high-risk youth and examines their vulnerable characteristics through commentary from several nationally renowned authorities (available in VHS format). ($50)
Set Straight on Bullies (1988). Whoever thought bullies were all talk and no action needs to view the film “Set Straight on Bullies.” The National School Safety Center film was produced to help school administrators educate faculty, parents, and students about the severity of the school yard bullying problem. The message is clear: bullying hurts everyone. This 18-minute film tells the dramatic story of a bullying victim and how the problems adversely affects his life as well as the lives of the bully, other students, parents, and educators (available in VHS, Beta, or 16mm). ($50)
What’s Wrong With This Picture? (1986) is an award-winning film showing five scenarios that address the school safety issues of drug trafficking and abuse, intimidation and violence, teacher burnout, and theft. The docudrama is narrated by the people who actually experienced the incidents portrayed. This “trigger” film is intended to generate emotional responses, discussions, and action from its viewers. This 18-minute film has received awards at the Houston, New York and Chicago film festivals, the U.S. Industrial Film Festival, and from the National Association of government Communications (available in VHS). ($40)
By Ronald D. Stephens National School Safety Center
Ronald Stephens is the Executive Director of the National School Safety Center and serves as a professor of Education at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He also serves as a consultant and frequent speaker for school districts, law enforcement agencies, and professional organizations nationwide. He is the Executive Editor of School Safety, and the author of Raising Safety Smart Kids (1993, Thomas Nelson & Sons).
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