May 4, 2010
Music and Lack of Parental involvement equates to Violence in High Schools
Violence does not happen once, and then it is over. Violence is a chronic, long-lasting, and reoccurring disease (Bode). Violence in today’s youth primarily impacts schools. This is a common issue in many high schools, most of the problematic students lack motivation. Students in schools where violence occurs do not consider meeting rigorous standards, performing at high academic levels, or even staying in school. Being violent can equate to acting improper, unjust, or illegal. Violence is a feeling of being destructive, intense, or even executing a physical force intended to injure or abuse. (Gove 2554) So why does violence exist in the youth, at schools especially? Crime ridden areas are not only inducing the possibility of youth becoming the “product of their environment,” but it is also giving encouraging behaviors, and those are unacceptable. Factors contributing to youth violence are simple. It is mostly community related, involving gang affiliation or lack of attention from a parent at home. When a teen is given too much freedom, or are too strictly monitored by parents, he or she is more likely to rebel. Most teens are prone to mimic, or copy actions that have been done by another person. If that teen has a weak mind, and does not make rational decisions, he or she will result to violence. Sometimes the interpretation of the action can be worse than the actual incident. Some teens think that showing power will gain respect from others. It is very common for teens to react before they investigate a problem. Most teens seek attention, and if his or her peers react easily from a violent act, the teen will continue to engage in violent activities to keep the eye on them. An act of violence, according to this definition, includes punching, hitting, or biting; common defense tactics used by the youth (“Youth Violence: Definitions”). Fighting, gun possession, and violent retaliations are all factors of violence of teens in schools. Even in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, these issues are prevalent in high schools. Today, the possibility that a confrontation among other teens will be settled with some type of weapon, rather than a traditional fistfight, has increased significantly. Studies reveal that, during the early 1990s, students grew more fearful about being attacked or harmed at school and that they were avoiding certain places within their schools (Satcher). The difference between violence in schools in the 1950s, and violence in schools today is the use of weapons, guns and knives especially (Bode 50). Issues between peers were usually taken care of through physical fights, rather than the use of weapons in earlier years. Victims and perpetrators of school violence represent all racial, ethnic, and economic groups. It is not limited to demographics, or primarily males. It can be as simple as a look, stare, or accidental bump into someone that can trigger a violent reaction. Common incidents as such, may result in arguments leading to a possible violent brawl. Youth violence in schools is caused by violent music and music videos, along with lack of parental controls. Violence in high schools can be limited with the institution of several programs that give insight to parents, and give teens the opportunity to get involved. Violence is not an appropriate release of aggressive energy. It is not an act of compassion or appreciation. In fact, violence is a criminal, learned behavior, introduced to naive young children that do not acknowledge the harsh reality of consequences upon following through a despicable act. “In 2005, students in lower grades were more likely to report being in fights than students in higher grades. Both anywhere and on school property (“Indicator 13: Physical Fights on School Property and Anywhere”). This is an important statistic that shows the responsibility and mentality associated with violent...
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