Many people have asked, “What are you doing about safety and security on my child’s campus” (Schimke 2). School violence is the cause of elevated worry and fear for their children, and school districts should enforce better security. The lack of security in American public schools has led to increased fear in many parents, students, and faculty members. This fear has altered the lives of many people, causing them stress and concern over violence occurring within their school district (Eckland 1). This fear can alter the academic performances and interactions between students.
There are many issues in our American society which need an influential leader to step up and take the lead, but one problem that I think needs more attention, is school violence. Today, we are always hearing about schools being in lockdown or closed down due to a threat, children being bullied, or a school shooting. School is supposed to be a place where children can go to get away from their problems at home. Children should also, feel safe at school and not have to worry about someone bringing a gun into a school building. Violence in schools such as shootings has grown over the years ranging from Columbine, Virginia Tech and most recently Sandy Hook.
One of the two shooters, Eric Harris stated in his suicide note, “Your children, who have ridiculed me, who have chosen not to accept me, who have treated me like I am not worth their time, are dead.” Experts report that bullying is a serious and widespread problem which can lead to school shootings and suicide. Not only that, but it is dangerously underrated as schools and adults are not taking the problem serious enough. Day after day throughout the country, kids wake up terrified to go to school, knowing they will be the victims of teasing, taunting, name-calling or physical abuse. “…we all want our children to …learn in an environment that is free from violence and fear. For far too many children, that is not the reality.” (Fox 54).
School shootings have gotten to the point where parents are afraid to send their own children to school. School should be a place where parents, children and faculty feel safe, wouldn’t you want to be safe somewhere that you attend every single day? After many school shootings throughout the nation, schools have changed the ways of not only the government and schools districts but of concerned citizens as well. The one real question that we have to ask is how many more of these and how many more deaths need to happen for real action to take place? This was answered after the Sandy Hook shooting.
School: a place parents once sent their children, knowing that they would be well taken care of and safe, is no longer a safe haven for all students. With the increase of criminal activity in our society, sadly it has penetrated our schools and becomes an increasing struggle and concern for school systems, parents, students, and their surrounding communities. It isn’t enough to have metal detectors and police in our schools, students and adults continue to penetrate our schools with drugs and weapons on, what feels like, a daily basis. Drug use continues to be a problem with teenagers. Whether they get them from parents or friends, drugs are easily attainable for many students.
Each day millions of children across the United States go to school to learn, but instead they come face to face with violence generated by their peers, from minor things like trash talking to more major offenses such as dangerous situations involving weapons and bullying. School violence is a worldwide problem that is unpredictable, making it difficult for researchers to narrow down it's causes. The violence has become more of an epidemic as time continues to progress and it varies on the type of violent offenses that occurs depending on several factors. By having more access to a smart device or easy access to weapons, attacks on individuals has evolved into a something uncontrollable. Both parents and school authority figures have teamed with their local law enforcement agencies to try and reduce the violence, creating resolutions that will both prevent and plan ahead if anything drastic were to occur.
Fear is in our lives everyday; from being scared of a little spider, to being scared of having no one to sit with at the lunch table. Everyone has fears as children and adults. The fear a teacher feels about his or her students can change how the school is run, just as much as the fear a student feels about a teacher. Fear has a hold on today's school system and changes the way teachers teach their students, as well as students' capabilities to learn the subject properly. When I was in school, the students ran the school by spreading fear into the teachers' hearts.
Victims of bullying have a hard time interacting with peers and teachers and suffer from stress and anxiety. The lack of interest to be in school and participate in extracurricular activities are the outcome of the negative damages bullying can cause. Statistics proven by the National Association of School Psychologists Resources show over 3.2 million students are bullied each year and approximately 160,00 students miss school due to bullying (Andrea Cohn & Andrea Canter). These victims are suffering from mental, and physical damages. The damages can cause achy muscles, headaches, and trouble sleeping.
Over the years, students have felt increasingly more afraid to go to school. Along with the number of homicides increasing, lesser crimes like theft and assault have gone up as well (Elliot, 1998). An outrageous statistic from the book “Violence in American Schools,” states “nearly half (47%) of all teens believe their schools are becoming more violent, and one of every ten report a fear of being shot or hurt by classmates that carry weapons to school” (Elliot, 1998). Sadly enough, over the years, children have become afraid to go to a place, which once made them feel safe. Myth and Fact of School Violence People have many different perceptions about what school violence is, and how it is handled.
When kids get expelled and they’re not in school any longer, they are on the streets getting in more trouble than they ever could at school. The major problem is inconsistent application and misinterpretation of the policies, when the policies are suddenly announced leaving no room for administrators judgment or students due-process rights(Guidance Channel). Many schools have developed programs to build self-esteem and social skills to improve communication between students. In some schools, teachers and students are required to get to know each other in group discussion sessions. Educators believe that it is important to break down the cold, impersonal atmosphere of large schools by creating