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Weapons in School

Rami Benbenishty and Ron Avi Astor

in School Violence in Context

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157802
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864393 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157802.003.0006
 Weapons in School

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This chapter examines weapons on school grounds. It distinguishes between different types of weapons (e.g., guns, knives), and between seeing, being threatened, and injured with a weapon. The chapter examines associations between weapon victimization and fear and group differences in prevalence. Key findings include: (1) Israeli students are exposed more to knives than guns; (2) about a fifth of students were injured by an object at school; (3) boys report three to four times the rates of girls; (4) gender patterns in Israel are similar to those in the United States; (5) Arab students are more likely than Jewish students to report being involved with either guns or knives; (6) fear and extensive victimization are related to bringing weapons to school; and (7) physical and threat victimization is related to bringing weapons to school, whereas verbal-social victimization are not related to weapons.

Keywords: school violence; guns; knives; fear; threat; victimization

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