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School Counselors and School Safety

School safetyAccording to a national survey conducted by NACAC, school counselors overwhelmingly oppose efforts to arm educators as a response to gun violence in schools. Nearly three-quarters of 2,251 counselors who responded were either “somewhat opposed” or “strongly opposed” to policies that seek to arm teachers and other school staff.

Other key findings include:

  • Seventy-four percent of school counselors viewed current federal, state, and local gun control measures as “too weak.”

  • Forty-seven percent of school counselors reported that their responsibilities for communicating with parents about school violence had either increased or greatly increased over the past three years.

  • Fifty-one percent of school counselors reported that their responsibilities related to assessing potential school violence threats had increased or greatly increased over the past three years.

  • Seventy-three percent of school counselors reported that their responsibilities for mental health and/or social/emotional counseling had increased or greatly increased over the past three years.

  • Twenty-one percent of school counselors reported that their schools had hired additional staff in the past three years in response to gun violence or other school safety issues.

Download the research brief.

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