Essay on Juvenile Violence in Public Schools

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The starting point of violence takes place in communities and at home--not at school. Youth take what they hear and see at home and in their communities to school. The environment in some communities and households are positive and the presences of protective factors outweigh the high risk factors. However, there are communities and households where there is a lack of informal social control and high risk factors exist more than protective factors--, which affect youth in a negative manner.

A sudden increase of youth violence in public schools in early 1990 has caused many to raise concerns about violent behaviors in schools. In the past, the most common form of violence that took place in schools was bullying, physical fights, or
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Violence in schools develops for the most part from factors external to schools. However the school environment might aggravate those factors.

The portrayal of violence on television is shown in cartoons, comedies, horrors, dramas, and many other genre television shows. Some cartoons as well as other television shows, endlessly display violence--that youth often view as a form of entertainment. However, the actions and behavior conveyed on the television do not make youth commit violent acts. It induces them to believe that violence is just the standard way of living life. On the television, the lawbreaker gets away with the crime and does not face disciplinary actions, and therefore they are not held responsible for the repercussions of their wrongdoings (Menhard 11).

The "Juvenile Justice: Policies Programs, and Practices", believes that schools that have an unconstructive or a negative environment, as well as an excessive amount of misbehavior and conflict between the faculty and students, and students against other students, are issues that can trigger juvenile violence in schools. In addition, juvenile violence tends to happen more often in high schools and middle schools that are located in poor urban areas (Taylor, Fritsch, and Caeti 58-60).

Youth that reside in communities that are deprived socially and economically, have ongoing violence, drugs,
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