Essay on Adolescent Violence

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"There is no doubt that violence, especially among youth, is a problem in the U.S. today. Since 1993, the U.S. has had the highest rate of childhood homicide, suicide, and firearms related deaths of any of the world's 26 wealthiest nations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1993)," stated the authors of the article. Due to results as stated above by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the questions "what factors cause violent fighting as well as weapon carrying" and "what are assets that may help prevent such violence" come into mind. The article, Adolescent Violence: The Protective Effects of Youth Assets, shows a study that examined the relationships between nine youth assets and six demographic
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One example briefly stated in this article was of the Colombine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999 in which two students who attending Colombine High opened fire in the school, and shot and killed twelve students and one teacher, leaving 28 students injured before killing themselves. These two students, Eric and Dylan, both were in a clique called the "Trenchcoat mafia." The Trenchcoat mafia was a group of outcasts who would wear long black coats everyday, always bragged about owning guns, and disliked people of a certain color or race. The reason that these two students opened fire was because they didn't like being judged or teased by other people because of what they wore and whom they hung out with. The authors stated, "Previous studies have also found that participation in one risk behavior puts youth at peril for participation in other risk behaviors (Flisher & Kramer, 2000) and that carrying a weapon was predictive of involvement in violence." The Colombine shooting
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