Essay on Violence in the Schools
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The problem we are facing today with violence in the schools is a major concern with communities everywhere. Juvenile homicide is twice as common today as it was in the mid 1980's. It isn't the brain that the kids are born with that has changed in half a generation; what has changed though is the easy access to guns and the glorification of revenge in real life and in entertainment. Crime in and around schools is threatening the well being of students, as well as the staff and surrounding communities. It also affects the learning and student achievements.
Violence is found more in public schools rather than Catholic schools. Most Catholic schools have less tolerance and is a better teaching environment. It is said that uniforms…show more content…
People should be able to walk in a school and not have to worry if someone is going to ridicule, attack or shoot them.
School administrations are reviewing security and crisis plans, but they are quick to point out there is no one answer to providing a safe school environment. Everyone wants on simple solution, but there is not one.
People have to work toward getting and maintaining school safety. No matter how well prepared or how safe anyone thinks a plan is, it will never be 100% fool proof. Someone will always find a way around any plan.
Most incidents could and can be prevented by students, parents, teachers, or citizens by sharing information they know with the schools or police. It is a known fact that before a crime occurs, someone (other than the person planning it), knows that the crime is going to happen. But no one comes forward because they think nothing like this could happen in their community or school. Violence can happen anywhere or at anytime. Remember Jonesboro or Columbine, someone knew what the students were planning and did not go to the police or school officials. Schools should pay attention too not only the major threats but also the littlest ones. Schools in Texas cancelled the last two weeks of classes due to repeated bomb threats, but due to parental and community outrage, school officials had to reopen the schools a few days later. Four boys in Michigan were charged
Essay on Violence in Schools
1490 Words6 Pages
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