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Training Vs. Reality: What School Resource Officers Are Prepared To Handle Carolina Public Radio2019-11-18T05:00:00ZAs concerns over school shootings have intensified, there has been a renewed focus on role of School Resource Officers and their training. Aaron Kupchik, sociology, on why well-intentioned SROs may not be the best candidates to counsel students.
Survey shows some property owners willing to be bought out in two Rt. 9 neighborhoods of Delaware sociologist Victor Perez discusses his survey of some 90 property owners around Route 9 to determine their willingness to sell if given fair market value.
You don't have to worry about your child eating tainted Halloween candy, expert says Action News.com2019-10-31T04:00:00ZA University of Delaware sociology professor says all those images that pop up on social media showing Halloween candy with razor blades and drugs aren't really a legitimate concern.
It’s really unlikely someone will hand out weed on Halloween. So why do we panic?, there will be folks getting the munchies from eating their Halloween munchies, but there's no reason to believe people will be handing out marijuana-laced candies on Halloween, said Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice.
It’s Halloween. Beware Urban Legends (and Cars) New York Times2019-10-28T04:00:00Z'Tis the season...for overwrought concerns about the dangers of tainted Halloween candy. And Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice, continues to get attention for his study debunking the mythology around strangers tampering with treats.
When Halloween became America’s most dangerous holiday Conversation2019-10-24T04:00:00ZPumpkin spiced lattes, Octoberfest beers and rampant fear of poison candy. Joel Best, sociology and criminal justice, continues to get coverage for his examination of the social and cultural anxieties undermining concerns about strangers tampering with Halloween candy.
THC, cyanide and razor blades: How sketchy urban myths taught parents to fear Halloween candy Washington Post2019-10-23T04:00:00ZIt's more than a week until Halloween and parents are already freaking out over the possibility their kids will bring home Snickers with Nails and Reese's Razor Butter Cup. Joel Best, Sociology and Criminal Justice, said the fear-mongering is a bit more ahead of schedule and that he's been inundated with interview requests.
With Overland Park finger gun arrest, do police go too far in keeping schools safe? Kansas City Star2019-10-20T04:00:00ZAaron Kupchik, sociology, discusses the use of school resource officers and how overly punitive approaches to situations in schools can lead to unwanted outcomes. His comments come in response to a controversial decision by an officer in Overland Park, Kansas to arrest a 13-year-old girl who had formed her fingers into a gun pointed at classmates.
Researcher conducts second survey in two Rt. 9 neighborhoods on environment, relocation Public Media2019-08-09T04:00:00ZUniversity of Delaware sociologist Victor Perez is analyzing data from a survey of property owners in two New Castle County neighborhoods. The homes are surrounded by heavy industry and might be rezoned.
Enlighten Me: UD professor's gun violence research expands Public Media2019-08-02T04:00:00ZYasser Payne, sociology and criminal justice, discusses a new research project designed to better understand the forces leading to gun violence.

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  • University of Delaware
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