Violence Prevention

A position paper of the Association for Middle Level Education

By: AMLE Board of Trustees

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) strongly supports President Obama’s call to action to prevent future acts of violence in our nation’s public schools. We especially know first-hand what is needed to ensure the social and emotional health of our students. We have a lifetime commitment to schools that are inclusive, developmentally responsive, and geared to meet the social-emotional and academic needs of students. These efforts must include an investment in more robust mental health programs and increased number of school counselors; development of strong partnerships with the community based on open lines of communication ; and support systems in place to effectively ensure safety and wellness and promote protective conditions at all schools.

This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (p. 37) identifies comprehensive guidance and support services to meet the needs of adolescents:

School Administrators

  • Provide specialized professionals to assist students in negotiating their lives both in and out of school
  • Establish a team community (counselors, special needs teachers, school psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and community liaisons) to work together with classroom teachers addressing learning difficulties, social adjustments, family issues, and health problems
  • Conduct consistent communication and interaction among specialists and classroom teachers to assure student behaviors and learning needs are accurately assessed and met
  • Include all staff with an awareness of appropriate referral services and procedures when recommending students for specialized services
  • Identify risks and promote protective conditions through a home-school-community partnership

School Counselors

  • Support teachers in advisory programs
  • Provide one-on-one and small-group guidance sessions
  • Sponsor peer mediation and peer tutoring programs
  • Share their expertise with classroom teachers assisting with parents
  • Coordinate support services to ensure the most effective use of specialists, i.e., school psychologists, social workers, and speech therapists
  • Articulate district services across all building levels
  • Coordinate community-based services for the well-being of students
  • Spend their day working with students and faculty, rather than administrative tasks
  • Identify interpersonal conflicts between students and assist all parties in resolving conflicts, learning tolerance, and obtaining additional interventions
  • Establish a sense of belonging and connectedness for students within the family-friend-school-home-community network
  • Identify a support system for students when bullied, depressed, and anxious by creating a safe environment for disclosure and establishing district rules for retribution
  • Sensitizing students to the harmful effects of violence, aggressive behaviors, and risk-taking


  • Understand the relationship between middle grades course options and high school programs
  • Actively engage in multidimensional transition programs for students entering and exiting the middle level school
  • Identify the needs of every student and communicate an assistance plan
  • Identify interpersonal conflicts between students wherein one of the students is unable to tolerate or resolve the conflicts; report these to school officials and other responsible authorities
  • Establish a sense of belonging and connectedness for students within the family-friend-school-home-community network
  • Engage in healthy conversations with students regarding violence in the media, aggressive behaviors, and risk-taking

Adopted February 2013


1 comments on article "Violence Prevention"

I think the biggest thing I was never taught about bullying and violence prevention as a student teacher was that prevention is a SCHOOL-WIDE effort. Many AD campaigns suggest that the teacher has to be the end all be all of bullying in schools. The truth is that it is that, the administration, the parents, the counselors, etc. The responsibility to keep our students safe falls on EVERYONE within a school.

3/29/2017 8:04 PM

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