behavior not only at home, but in their schools. The high statistics that
schools produce each year in violence are off the charts. Whether it's someone bullying
someone or a fight that just broke in the cafeteria, its all under one name and label:
Violence. As our schools are taking steps to prevent violence from getting any further, its
also changing the security levels which is a big step in keeping our schools safer.
Back in April 1999 at a suburban high school in Jefferson County,
Colorado, the most devastating school in U.S. history; the shooting at Columbine High
school. The shooting was administered by two students who ended up killing 13 others
and wounded 21 before they took their own life. As a result of this tragic and disturbing
day, school's having been taking extra precautions to keep their students safe. Some
schools have had their focus mainly on having no weapons, by allowing random locker
and bag checks, limiting entries and exits, and keeping all hallways under supervision. As
administrations take these precautions, they also need to be aware of trying to find the
source of all this, the students.
The infamous long list of problems that teenagers go through may seem
unbearable for some, resulting in them trying to find an answer out. Whether its not being
popular enough or just the classic bullying, some will try relentlessly to solve their
problems, but not in the right way. In Richard K. Longs "When the News is Dire", he
states that 50 students and faculty member have been killed in 27 school shootings over
the past seven years. In each of these cases, the victims were attacked by one or more
students. The problem with this is that its random killings by students, yet why are they
doing this? Its because of the pressures that they go through and this is the only option to
make it all stop for them.
So exactly what are our school systems doing to prevent any more
violence from happening? Well, for starters the zero-tolerance rule as been issued. Even
though zero-tolerance as been apart of many school already, its now been pushed to a
higher level. Its basic purpose is to protect the students and staff members by allowing
the removal of dangerous students. Gerald Tirozzi, an executive director of the National
Association of Secondary School Principals agrees. "Zero-tolerance policies are all
together appropriate in the continuing effort to protect students and staff," he says. Many
have agreed that having the zero-tolerance policy puts students in-line and teaches them
to behave themselves and to respect others.
As the zero-tolerance policy might be one idea to help subside violence in
our schools, having security on campus has been on the rise tremendously. If a student is
caught with out permission to go about the school, whether it's the bathroom room or
locker, detention slips will be issued. The high rise of security has affected our schools in
more ways than one in a positive way. Not only does it keep the students under
supervision, it allows the faculty and administrators a big relief from having to keep their
eyes wide open all the time. Having security around schools creates a wave of relief in a
way that everyone knows that their safe on-campus from any harm. Schools have
become aware of their security needs and that it's a practical guidance on the school. As
some people might not agree with the high level of security that some schools have and
the lengths that some will go, they also have to realize that its helping protect our
students and everyone involved in the schools.
Even though having security guards posted around campus might seem to
be the safest thing, its not looked through enough. Research as found that even...