Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Vandalism in Schools
Vandalism is a willful degradation of the environment with no apparent motivation of profit or gain, the results of which are considered as damage by the perpetrators as well as by the victim in relation to the social norms that are applicable in any particular situation. Vandalism is associated with monetary costs as well as social costs. Monetary costs are obvious as schools spend millions of dollars each year to repair or replace the willful damage that school vandals cause. Social cost is more complex and has an impact on education program, has psychological impact on students, and disruptive impact on intergroup relations. Clearly, vandalism ...