Essay on Violence in Schools

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Violence in schools is a problem that Americans have had to face at an ever increasing rate. Instead of fistfights, the issues are fatal, like school shootings. Violence is nationally defined as a physical force used to injure, damage or destroy (Guralnik, D., 1997, P.1490). In the past decade, students are using more than physical force. They are using deadly weapons to injure or kill their peers and authority figures, and to destroy school property. Safety is considered to be the freedom from danger and injury damage (Guralnik, D., 1997, P.1181); in other words, freedom from violence. Schools must ensure students and parents that above adequate measures -especially the three most successful- will be provided to make sure schools …show more content…
Heavily armed with shotguns and other homemade explosive devices, they terrorized the school and everyone in it by killing students and teachers and ultimately, themselves (Gottesman, R., 1999, P. 358). The nation watched as the school and the lives of many Columbine families was destroyed. This was considered to be the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Instead of dwelling on the situation, students and administrators took a proactive approach to find new methods of prevention so this or any related violence would never be allowed on school grounds again. Safety has been the school’s first priority since the shootings occurred. In a debate with Al Gore, President Bush said, “You can't carry a gun into a school, and there ought to be a consequence when you do carry a gun into a school. But Columbine spoke to a larger issue, and it's really a matter of culture. It's a culture that somewhere along the line, we've begun to disrespect life…” (Sandell, A., 2000). Safety remains a top concern on administrators’ agendas nationwide.

Many measures have been implemented to combat violence effectively in our nation’s schools. There is no perfect plan or program that can eradicate violence altogether. Prevention measures vary according to community standards, needs, cultures and

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