Reasons of Violence in Schools
Violence in schools can start from anything and studies show that public schools have the most violence compared to private schools. Safety in schools is very important all students should be able to walk in a school knowing that no one will be there to harm them but that will never happen violence is everywhere and that includes schools. Bullying has been around for a long time and this can cause fighting and sometime to the point of committing suicide this mostly occurs in high school. Bullying can be physical, cyber, and verbal if no one reacts and does something then how are we supposed to stop violence in schools it just doesn’t make any sense.
Bullying can’t just be stopped with a PowerPoint or a play explaining how bullying is bad teachers need to be stricter about how bullying can cause violence. Most students don’t notice that if you bully someone then eventually that person would react somehow and it will lead to violence. How often does anyone turn on the TV and watch the news and see there has been yet another school shooting? Well since 2013, there have been at around 178 school shootings in the United States. That includes anytime a gun or weapon has been used on school property with the number of shootings there has been that means there are around a school shooting every week. Every school shooting is a terrifying event not only for the teachers and students but for the community as well. Most of the time school shooters do not have one reason for their attacks it could be a lot of different reasons. But there are some ways that parents, teacher, and students can reduce those chances of an attack occurring. I will tell you types of ways on how people can prevent less causes of school violence and what kind of problems students face on a daily basis and the solutions for them.
We all feel that school shootings are terrifying right, but there are ways to help prevent them from ever happening again. I researched the first known school shooting which was at the Texas Tower at the University of Texas in 1966 where Charles Whitman shot and killed 16 people and injuring 31. The most known shooting in the 1990s was probably the Columbine massacre where on April 20 1999 Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 32 students and staff then pointing the guns at themselves to take their own lives away. If you noticing something and don’t be scared to tell a teacher or an adult you could be the one can help someone from making the biggest mistake of their life and saving people from harm. Having parents be in the kid’s life knowing his or her surroundings at all time can be the key for prevention. Showing students attention or just being there for them will not make them want to do harm to others and having a conversation with a friend just talk to them about stuff that is bothering them. When you aren’t in the student’s life and not knowing what’s going on with them could easily make them feel lost inside and can turn to depression like their parents don’t care about them. Something important that matter is how busy adults’ lives can be, their job and anything else that they might do in their spare time parents should always find time to spend with their child each day, even if it’s only for a half hour, each time that parents show love can be a key for our child not to do the unthinkable.
Like I said students that do the shooting is a lot of times from being bullied at school or make fun of that will keep until one day their anger explodes and the worst scenario happens and that could be a school shooting. Parents should talk to their child about self-control and peer pressure and how you should always tell someone if you see something suspicious because you never know what someone could be going through. It is important to study the main causes of school violence. Even though there is no main cause of school violence, and that the reasons are complicated, we have some possible causes of school violence, which are overcrowded schools, gang activity, drugs, poor self-esteem and depression among others. Students who come from poor family backgrounds may feel different and in order to prove themselves to become physically violent. This may show how some of the major school violence in mixed race schools. From the researchers at centers for disease control and prevention “Roughly, 38% of public schools accounted for at least one violent crime to the police department during recent academic years. About 24% of all high school students were familiar with gangs in their schools.12-18-year-old students were victims of about 628,000 crimes at their schools.
These crimes included rape, robbery and aggravated assault. About 30% of school going students reports either being bullied, being a bully or the two of them. Bullies are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke, abuse other substances and get involved in fights according to the same statistics. Middle school students are twice as likely to be affected by school violence when compared to high school students. To avoid bullies around 7% of eighth graders do not go to school at least once a month. About 22% of 11 and 12-year-olds in urban settings are familiar with at least one age-mate involved in a school gang. In the past seven years, 116 students died in 109 separate incidents at school. This represents on average 16.5 student homicides each year. Almost 50% of homicide criminals gave a warning signal like making a threat and or leaving a note before the crime. Surprisingly most violent deaths occur during school transition times, either before and or after the school day during school breaks when there is minimal supervision.” It is likely for a student to start or get involved in violence in cases where by his or her parents are constantly fighting at home, or may be using inappropriate language. This is because the student sees this as something ordinary.
Another factor that may encourage school violence is whereby there is easy access to weapons. Anyone may purchase these weapons cheaply and use them for self-defense or for a school shooting. In some cases, students may even use these weapons to kill other people. An example of this is the Virginia Tech school shooting, which involved a senior undergraduate student who killed 32 people and then committing suicide. I did some researcher to find the cause of the student’s action which was anxiety and a major depression disorder. Depression and anxiety are two contributing factors to this violence. He or she expresses this condition through violence in form of bullying, theft or rape among others. Failing to many classes can cause stress and anxiety. Some students when failing to many classes just give up and don’t try this can lead up to drugs and alcohol which are not good for you and not only are you harming yourself but also the people around you.A student who faces lack of love and affection may also become violent an example would be an orphaned student living with alcoholic parents. Students may also join in violence if there are no supportive between the teachers and parents. This could mean when a teacher is not helping a student through problems or lessons they didn’t understand which leads to frustration. The teacher is after making money and may see the student as a client it is the teacher’s job to help the student. A student may consider violence when he or she is unsure of his career or future which basically just means that he or she doesn’t want to grow up and or may be experiencing to much stress. Students can result to unusual behavior and criminal activities. When this happens then the behaviors they have at home will happen at schools where students spend most of their time.School violence can occurs in many ways.
The level of violence in schools has risen over the past years. There are cases of gang and theft among others. This has endangered the learning time for students. It is very alarming that students are not afraid to hold guns, knives, and join gangs. Some people might be thinking which kid would shoot up a school no child is born with violence. It is the things that the child are exposed to that make his or her behavior it reminds me of the case nature versus nurture that we had a debate on last year. An example could be when parents get married and then divorce. This will affect the kid some way or another and he or she may lead to violence in the future. Some high schools may also not pay attention to the violence that occur in the schools. Lack of discipline could encourage these acts. Punishments can be used to stop students from bullying or any other type of violence. Media can help promote violent activities in the school which students need to stop showing peer pressure. Some people say that watching violent movies will encourage kids to try to do the same but my opinion is depending on the kids age because 5 year olds can’t tell good from bad.
Violent video games could encourage kids to learn to handle things in a violent way in which they would not have learned otherwise.A HUGE problem is that parents in mostly developed countries are so into their jobs and therefore do not pay much attention to their kids. As mentioned earlier, lack of love and affection encourage the child to engage in violent activities. In schools, this form of violence continues to generate more students would not hesitate to go on with the violent acts. If we study the neighborhoods the some students live in, it is a number of gangs growing up in those neighborhoods. These gangs are engaged in drug trafficking, and therefore are a threat to young people. This is because these gangs always seek loyalty in the children living around the blocks especially the gang members. If a students end up involving themselves in a gang they would most likely get a drug addiction and would definitely result to violence . When there are conflicts between gangs, violence will happen and weapons will be used by gang members.
These forms of tragedy cannot be prevented sadly, but there are signs that can be detected in a person’s personality like when a student doesn’t act normal the student that may result to violence. Even if the student is acting weird doesn’t mean the student is going to do something violent or something dangerous the student just may be facing personal problems. There is no point of not letting someone feel like a friend, be there for people help them if no one else wants to talk to them don’t let them feel bad about themselves. I once made a huge mistake which was letting someone that I just met go away I still see her but I regret that i stopped talking to her, violence should never be something you should do even to the point of a school shooting.