U.Va. Education Professor Peter Sheras Talks About School Violence on NPR Program

Jan. 25, 2007 -- U.Va. education professor and clinical psychologist Peter Sheras will be on the National Public Radio show, "Justice Talking," with host Margot Adler, talking about “School Violence: What Can Be Done to Make Schools Safe?” The show, released Jan. 22, will air locally on Radio IQ. "Justice Talking" is aired Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on WVTF-FM 89.7 and FM HD digital 88.5, channel 2. Therefore, this program will air Jan. 27 and 28.

The description for the segment: “The school shooting in an Amish community near Lancaster, Pennsylvania points out that school violence can occur anywhere in the nation, from inner city neighborhoods to suburban or rural schools. But will lock-downs, random searches and metal detectors make students safer? And do programs to reduce bullying really work? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at the ways policymakers and educators are trying to prevent school violence.”

Sheras is associate director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project. He is co-author, with U.Va. education professor Dewey Cornell, of the 2006 book, “Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence,” a manual that presents a field-tested model approach to give school officials a step-by-step decision-tree for assessing and resolving student threats. Sheras has been a consultant to schools all over the United States in the aftermath of different kinds of school crises and is the regional coordinator of the joint American Psychological Association-Red Cross Disaster Relief Response Team. He has researched, written and lectured on crisis management in schools, adolescent depression and bullying.