School Violence Throughout The United States

1233 WordsJan 20, 20165 Pages
Executive Summary School violence in the U.S. Violence in the form of school shooting has become more common in recent years. Violence occurs in both inner city and small, suburban schools. Some of the devastating effects of school violence have been reported by media sources, and the school as an educational institution is compromised when students no longer feel comfortable or safe there. School violence affected about 1.2 million students in the U.S. According to Law Library, the frequency and severity of school violence changed dramatically in 1990s. Schools across the country have had to adapt to increased threats of violence and fear. School violence in the U.S. reached a peak in 1993, according to the National Center for Education…show more content…
In many cases, school violence is a consequence of untreated mental health issues. “Although studies suggest a link between mental illnesses and violence, the contribution of people with mental illnesses to overall rates of violence is small, and further, the magnitude of the relationship is greatly exaggerated in the minds of the general population (DeVoe, 2009).” Problem/Issue Mental illness Mental illness of students is the primary cause of school violence, and school-based prevention and counseling programs are the best solution to curb such violence. Mental illness is a condition that greatly affects a person’s thoughts and behaviors. The majority of teachers do not have the proper training to support students with a mental illness. When they become hurt by activities that happen at school, such as being ridiculed or bullied by other students. Hence, they may become very angry at others. Conditions like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder cause emotional instability and distorted thinking patterns that may increase the likelihood of violent behavior II. Findings/Results School violence being addressed by school-based programs designed to prevent, stop, and reduce violent and aggressive behavior in students. Many serious forms of violent crime such as sexual assault, murder, or aggravated assault occur in schools and more today. Conditions such as
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