Essay about School Violence

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Over the past several years, an epidemic of school violence has overtaken our nation. From monthly shootings, to daily bomb threats around the country, violence is becoming more and more common in schools. It is typical to hear about acts of violence among our youth everyday on the news. Although more numerous in cities, this violence does not discriminate against inner city or suburban areas; it happens everywhere. When addressing this quick spread of crime, one can inquire as to its history and why it happens, myths about school violence, and how was can taper it, by the use of technology.

History of School Violence

The history of violence in schools has no set pattern, but statistics report back to the 1970s. In 1978, a
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3 Practical School Security). This is not the case; while there are problems that are “normal,” sometimes they are not handled correctly or thoroughly. Often things are handled administratively but not given to law enforcements to deal with. For instance, if theft occurs in the school, the law should be involved, due to the fact that theft is against the law. However, this is not the case in a lot of school systems. Young adults then may get the notion that is “ok” to steal, vandalize, and be aggressive towards one another with no consequences. Sometimes, if a young adult commits a crime, there needs to be more of a consequence then simply being suspended from school. The school systems reason for not reporting crimes has to do alot with politics. The administration does not want bad publicity, or they “fear for being blamed and not doing their job correctly” (23). Another major reason for not reporting school-based crimes is the media. If there is violence in a school, it will be publicized in the media. In reality, the school system needs to be on the same page with the police, so they can help one another out.

The top five issues that are capturing the attention of the U.S. is “aggression and violent behavior, drugs, weapons, gangs, and ‘Stranger danger’” (p.5) These are the issues that have parents concerned, rather than the vandalism or the one on one fights. One of the most…

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