School Shootings: Ethical and Legal Implications for School Psychologists (PA476)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
11:00 AM–11:50 AM

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. provide a brief history of high-profiled school shootings in the US and their aftermaths.
  2. discuss current research and information regarding gun laws, Zero-tolerance policies, and controversial issues surrounding gun control.
  3. discuss ethical and legal considerations of various security measures.
  4. inform about the school psychologist's role in promoting school safety.


In response to the growing number of school shootings in recent years, there have been alterations to school security measures as well as laws and policies at the federal, state, and district levels in the U.S. This presentation will bring attention to recent incidents and their impact on gun laws, educational policies, and school psychology practice. Practitioners will be informed about legal and ethical considerations that may influence school safety and preventive measures.

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Quynh D. Wellons, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Sneha Pimpalkhute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Stephanie A. Wilkins, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Hollie Floyd, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

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