Est. time: 26 min
Schools today are faced with many issues regarding the education of its students. Among those many responsibilities, schools are entrusted with the safety of its students and staff. As a result of events such as the shootings at Columbine High School and other schools and post high school institutions around the nation, schools have exercised due diligence by installing security measures to keep those wishing to inflict harm out of school facilities. In their efforts to maintain a safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environment, schools continue to face what has come to be known as "internal terrorism" coming from students and even staff members. Internal terrorism includes such problems as hazing, harassment (including sexual harassment), bullying, cyber-bullying, and discrimination, especially concerning sexual orientation. All forms of "internal terrorism" deny a student a threat-free educational environment and should not be tolerated in any form. The participants of this tutorial will gain an understanding of the following: The definitions of "internal terrorism," including hazing, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, and discrimination of students because of sexual orientation; The Ten Myths and characteristics of Internal Terrorists; Proactive procedures to combat internal terrorism; and The importance of character education programs.