Essay about School Violence

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As a society, how should we respond to the violence taking place in schools? How do we respond to the traumatic events of the twentieth century, where a series of school shootings lead by students at 12 different schools planned and carried out violent shootings that resulted in the deaths of several students and teachers at each school? These events alone have come from the United States, in fact from Washington, Alaska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Oregon, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and California (Daniels 2011). In July 1998, President Bill Clinton said that this series of school shootings had "seared the heart of America." Our society feels impotent…show more content…
This is where we come to realize these random acts of school violence spread across the nation undetected, and ensure that no one; no matter how much effort is put in place can be fully protected. I was told more by my parents that the encounters I face in school, will help me to grow up to adulthood. Apparently everyone goes through it and its more like a rite of passage. However, bullying and harassment in schools has changed to the point where it presents these new dangers. I believe the evidence speaks for itself, harassment no matter harmless or not can present students and school staff with significant and far-reaching problems. In order to intervene, it is important to thoroughly assess the extent and nature of bullying within the school. Jadayah a student at Brick Avon Academy states “I have been verbally bullied more than once. I have been teased about my weight and called nasty names like portly.” She clearly recalls an incident in elementary school where she spoke up to a bigger girl at lunch and instead of completely resolving the issue it made the situation worst (Gallishaw, 2011). Bullying can take many forms either verbal or physical, all of which are usually threatening. Michelle Furlow had a different point of view on these issues; she’s a sophomore at Salem High School and

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