How can teachers prevent school violence?

School violence against teachers continues to plague our nation and schools with no end in sight. Billions of dollars are funneled into programming and security measures with minimal positive results. School violence can only be minimized by teachers who take on the task of meeting the unruly students where they are!

We can parallel minimizing school violence with the offense of a football team. The focus the offense of a football team is to score points. Scoring points requires that the entire team protect the person who has the ball. In this example we will use the teacher as the quarterback and the students as the other players. The students come to the classroom and the teacher calls the instructional plays. The success of the play is dependent upon each student completing their assigned task. If that student does not complete their assigned task not only do they fail but the team fails and the teacher fails.

The first task for the teacher is to teach their students to be successful. Success breeds happiness amongst students which is the product of positive emotions. Positive emotions open students to new ways of thinking and acting. When students feel positive emotions they become more open to new experiences. They feel more comfortable making connections with teachers and will consider alternative solutions to school violence against teachers. Over time, positive emotions allow students to form new friendships with teachers, develop new skills, and gain new knowledge which will have a positive impact on student achievement.

The second task is to refrain from the usage of sarcasm. As the quarterback, it is easy to use sarcasm as a tool for blaming the ineffectiveness of the players as a corrective function. Sarcastic messages create negative emotions. Negative emotions like fear and anger will close down the student’s mind and heart and narrow down the number of possible reactions to only a very few choices. The response to life-threatening situations will trigger their brains into the mode of fight or combat. We know from past history that many students choose to fight and combat. Choosing to fight or combat will only contribute to increasing school violence against teachers.

Two alternatives to sarcasm that will eliminate school violence against teachers is to use praise and humor. Praise is an effective reinforcement that provides encouragement to students and is a reinforcement for behavior performance improvement. Praise is an effective reinforcement that helps to build student self-esteem.

The other alternative, humor, can build and strengthen teacher-student relationships, especially on the individual level. Humor increases the connection between the teacher and the student by reducing tensions that can cause school violence against teachers. Humor results from teachers who attempt to connect to students personally in an effort to stimulate the learning experience, and use humor as an alternative to authoritarian discipline process. Using humor as an alternative to discipline will help to establish positive relationships with the most unruly students.  

At this point many educators are summarizing that the above mentioned strategies have not worked for the unruly students. You must now enter the mind of the unruly student and ask yourself: What are the successes of the unruly student? They are successful at being unruly and creating havoc in your school and classroom. This is why it is important to replace that unruly behavior with academic success.


If they are unruly in the classroom, instead of the normal discipline, have them to develop a plan for disrupting a classroom and then offering a solution. If they are unruly in school, have them to develop the process of unruliness in the school and then offer a solution. Finally, if they have the propensity to induce school violence against teachers, have them to write about that process and then offer a solution. This will allow the students to reflect on their practice of the potential of school violence against teachers and offer a solution.

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All the best,


Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

The Raccelerate Phenomenon

Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education



“Dr. Campbell did his part and now all we have to do is run with it.”
~ Tom Coleman ~
Woodstown-Pilesgrove Public Schools Superintendent of Schools


“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.

~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor

“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President


About Classroom Racism Exterminator

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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