Essay on Factors Contributing to School Violence

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Factors Contributing to School Violence Jim cringed when he heard his assistant yelling to him from her office across the hall. "The principal from your daughter's school is on the phone." Jim picked up the phone, noticing that is was already 2:15 PM by the wall clock in his office, and timidly said, "hello?" Ms. Jensen, the principal, (sounding exasperated) said, "good afternoon Mr. Wilson, I am calling because your daughter assaulted a boy during assembly this afternoon and I need you to meet with me as soon as possible and then take her home." "I can't today," Jim told her, "I have a board meeting in less than an hour. Send her home on the bus and I will tell my house keeper to keep an eye on her till I get home." "Can Mrs.…show more content…
The factors that contribute to school violence are too numerous to count, very diversified, and everyone probably has their own opinion of what they are. For example, teachers perceive that the major factors contributing to student violence are lack of parental supervision at home (71 percent), lack of family involvement with the school (66 percent), and exposure to violence in the mass media (55 percent) (taken from The American Teacher, 1993). Today's children are pretty bright, they realize that since both of their parents work if they do something wrong at school it will be very hard to contact their parents. They also probably believe that even if the school gets in touch with their parents that they will be too busy to respond to the school other than by just answering the phone. Compounding these problems even further, when children repeatedly get into trouble, parents may still refuse to deal with the situation and have their sitters or housekeepers take care of the problem. Some parents may even believe there is nothing they can do to control their children, or that the school itself is the one to fault and not their children. Why can't the school do more to control the actions of the students? After all, they see them more than we do. This thought process along with the student violence itself poses serious problems to our schools and the future of our society in general. But who
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