Dr. Jack Beckham.
27th June, 2012
Violence in School.
Violence in school have become a very serious problem from past many years. American Schools are not safe. “An estimated 1.5 million U.S. students between the age of 12 to 18 are victims of nonfatal crimes at school” (Hong, and Eamon 428). There is as much violence inside the school building as it is outside. Not only nonfatal crimes, also the fatal crimes such as sexual harassment, bullying and minor in possession of drugs and guns are on dramatic rise. Priscilla Thompson in ‘The New York Amsterdam News’ reported that “according to educational department recorded 800 sexual offences, 53400 fights, ...view middle of the document...
Currently bullying in school is on tops its record for last 25 years, and so are the other violent activities that follow bullying. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reports that “More than 3.2 million children in sixth to tenth grade- nearly one in six- are victims of bullying each year, while 3.7 million bully other children” (Greenya 104). The social environment surrounded among teenagers is the primary cause of intensified school violence. The impact of media and bullying also motivates violence in school. The best way to defend against such violence is by understanding its causes. Educating teachers, parents and students about the causes and possible methods to avoid risky behavior will help prevent school violence.
One of the obvious cause for increase in school violence is the social environment that school students are surrounded by. The schools that would possibly face most of the violent actions are the ones whose students are affected by their “interactions in immediate settings, such as home and school, and ... environment such as neighbourhood”(Hong, and Eamon 429). The possible cause that would provoke violent behavior in students happen in everyone's daily life at home or school. Many students are neglected at home by their parents, and harassed at school by their peers and teachers; therefore, they approach towards violence to be socially accepted in the community. Parents have made a choice to not to give their children the attention that they deserve, and the covered up violent activities at school team up to steadily increase rate of violence in school. Thus, “the environment the youth as around them, such as poverty drugs, rap music and, the media ... a lot of single parent homes and parents on drugs” are attracted towards being either a victim or a perpetrator of violence at school. (Billitteri 196).
The living conditions of the household plays an important role in school youngsters violence engagement at school. The parents with low living standards tend to be emotionally abusive to their children, and are continuously being pushed away for some reason. This results in a very negative impact on children’s social involvement, especially the one’s around 14 to 18 years of age. Billitteri quotes James Alan Fox, a nationally known Northeastern University criminologists that “lack of supervision, because of single parent families or two career homes ... the attraction of gang pervade the [youth]” (196). Thus the presence of violence in the environment around the school students increases the possibility of their involvement in similar behavior.
One of the unobvious causes of the violence in school is the ‘Media’. The basic human ability is to adapt to the environment, which establishes the human behavior. Media has encompassed young minds with an early exposure to violence by watching it on television. Media has exposed these young minds to violence as a heroic action that prolongs them to...