In light of recent acts of violence in the nation’s schools, school safety and security have become a hot topic. However, the issue of school safety goes beyond student violence. It includes property damage, theft, and anything else that concerns the overall well being of schools. While it is important to create a safe environment in schools it is also necessary to make sure students feel comfortable in this atmosphere. The security can not be so overbearing that it becomes a negative tactic that gets in the way of the students main objective, learning.
Introduction to bullying Many young students are suffering from bullying. Bullying not only affects victims but it also affects the bully in the future. Most bullying happens in school, and outside of the house. Bullying is becoming a big problem which is hard to understand and hard to deal with. Two of the main reasons people are being bullied are because of their physical appearance or social status.
It is necessary that more action take place and that more training take place in order for schools to be safer, and in the event where violence does occur, the staff of the school is equipped to stop it before it gets out of hand. There is no time like now to keep the children and our schools safe from predators and especially from school violence. “Violence is the act of purposefully hurting someone. … One in twelve high schoolers is threatened or injured with a weapon each year” (Trump, 2005). When is it necessary to start taking more action in the prevention of school violence?
Bullying and sexual harassment perhaps do not immediately come to mind when discussing school violence, however they are two of the most widespread and pervasive issues facing schools today. While the word “bully” brings to mind a harmless school age right of passage to many, research today shows that bullies often times have a number of family or social problems. Also, in today’s modern world, bullies may not merely shake down classmates for lunch money; they have found ways to hound their victims long after they have left the school grounds by using the internet. Another form of bullying is sexual harassment, which is bullying based on the person’s gender or sexual preferences. Sexual harassment is a very damaging problem, especially to school age child who have yet to develop a strong sexual identity of their own.
In one five-year study of 732 children, "several kinds of aggression, conflicts with parents, fighting and delinquency, were all positively correlated with the total amount of television viewing." (Anderson, 2000). A real life example of this is when the six-year-old boy who had been suspended from school earlier for fightin... ... middle of paper ... ...ee Press Caldwell, A. Columbine: A recurring nightmare? Five years after the worst school shooting incident in U.S. history, experts say it is likely to happen again. Denver Post.
Violence in our Schools Children today are growing up in an increasingly violent atmosphere, both in society in general and in their schools. While there is no easy answer as to how to end this violence once and for all, we can look at some of the causes and take steps to contain that which we can. The main contributing factor in all recent school shootings has been the shooters’ feelings that they were bullied by and alienated from the rest of the children and were made to feel that they were not as good as their peers. Being targeted by the other children and having nowhere to turn to for help can cause a build up of more anger until, finally the alienated child is unable to take anymore. They struck out at their peers in what seems to them to be the most effective way, by eliminating them.
In the case study Aggressive Behavior it identifies that over 40 students lost their lives from 1996 to the wake of the new millennium to shootings in schools with a significant number suffering from weapon related injuries on school grounds (Leary, Kowalski, Smith & Phillips, 2003). Although a reduc... ... middle of paper ... ... School violence in context: Culture, neighborhood, family, school, and gender. London: Oxford University Press. Leary, M. R., Kowalski, R. M., Smith, L., & Phillips, S. (2003). Teasing, rejection, and violence: Case studies of the school shootings.
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In that same year, students in this age range were victims of about 128,000 serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) at school (BJS and National Center for Education Statistics). Fighting is the most common form of violence that takes place in schools. However, they destroy lives. Youth can end up dead, hurt, or find their selves facing criminal charges. Schools that have a hostile type of environment in addition to constant threats of violence can negatively affect the school faculty and students.
Maharaj-Sharma, R.(n.d.). School violence. St. Augustine, UWI, School of Education. Retrieved from: http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2139/8596/Rawatee%20Sharma20.pdf?sequence=1 Orr, T. (2003). Violence in our schools: Halls of hope, halls of fear.