Examining Causes of School Violence and Solutions to the Problem

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How many times have you or your children been victims of violence or intimidation and how many times have you been left feeling abandoned, demoralized and full of despair because no-one will lift a finger to help. How many times have you seen the offenders caught and let off to continue re-offending in some instances? The truth of the matter is that we are all alone when it comes to dealing with any form of aggressive behavior from children, especially in school. Did you ever wonder why schools have so much violence? But people always want to know what really cause children to fight and argue? It’s really because children take violence into their own hands. Usually the innocent children are the ones involved in the violence. Instead of solving the problems students will fight. All the dangerous places in the world, such as places with wars and violence, you would think that a place where we send our children would be safe. Schools should not be a place of fear. Schools are not safe anymore because of the growth of violence, including school shootings.

First of all, what is school violence? School violence wears many faces. It is ganging activity, locker thefts, bully and intimidation, gun use and assault just about anything that produces a victim. Violence is perpetrated against students, teachers, and staff, and ranges from intentional vendettas to accidental killings of bystanders. Often, discussions of school violence are lumped together with discussions of school discipline generally as both involve questions of how to maintain order in schools. Schools divide “school violence-prevention methods” into three classes: measures related to school management (that is, related to discipline and punishment), measures r...

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...rong and what could we have done to prevent the bloodshed. Coordinated school efforts can help, but the solution does not just rest in the schools. Together we must develop solutions that are community-wide and coordinated, that include schools, families, courts, law enforcement, community agencies, and representatives of the faith community, business, and the broader community. We may remember the 1990’s in history as the decade of school violence, why student violence has increased to current levels is still being studied by experts from many different field. But until researchers find a mechanism to prevent violence as we know it, teachers are faced with the occasional need to control the “act” of violence against another student or an assault against the teacher and we need to stand behind them and educate them on alternative ways, away from guns in our schools.
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