How to Talk a Student Down From Violence

A school safety assistant’s step-by-step intervention strategy

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Understand why the kid is acting out.

Meet kids where they are.

Talk to them the way you would want someone to talk to you.

Let them vent.

Strengthen your relationship.

Deal with the issues.

Tell them it’s OK to be angry and it’s OK to cry.

Help them figure out what they want.

Listen to the full interview with Maria

Know that most kids don’t WANT to act out.

Communication REALLY works.

It’s never easy.

Keep everyone safe.



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