School violence is a problem throughout the United States. Students can only learn effectively in a safe and protected environment. The daily news reports too often remind us, schools are no longer immune from the violence that plagues other parts of society. Many people question, "How could we as a nation let such a terrible thing take place"? In my opinion, school bullying, family and or personal problems, and gangs are some of many reasons that relate to violence in school aged children.
First of all, bullying in the school systems has become an important public policy issue. Over the past several years, an interest in the problem of school bullying has intensified. School bullying refers to all types of bullying done on school property, whether it is peer-to-peer, bullying of younger children by older children, or bullying in which a teacher is either the victim or perpetrator. Bulling includes physical and verbal abuse, along with computer-generated bulling better known as cyber bullying. Most of the time, bully tactics either go unnoticed or simply ignored. For example, bullied teen Amanda Todd, 15, posted the video called "My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm" on Sept. 7 and was found dead in her home town of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, just over a month later. Amanda's video tells a heart-wrenching story of the bullying she was subjected to both online and off. She tells us how at one point, a stranger flattered her into flashing the camera. One year later, a man contacted her on Face book, threatening to send around the picture of her topless "if she didn't put on a show." She became terrified on how he knew her address, which school she went to, her friends, relatives, and the names of her family members. Soon, her naked photo had been forwarded "to every person she knew. Amanda's mother is now using her daughter's tragedy to save others lives. Another example of school bullying is the incident with the 13-year-old Georgia boy who hanged himself after reportedly being bullied at school. Devin Brown had gotten jumped and beaten up while attending a new school in Columbus, Georgia. His dad voiced his concerns to Rothschild Middle School, but officials told him they had not heard of any issues. Devin was called a "snitch" at school after telling on a student that was carrying a knife. This is what everyone believes pushed Devin over the edge to hang himself. In all honesty, they kind of just let it go as if it was not a big concern. Furthermore, an Iowa student is currently suing his school district and several administrators because he says they did not do enough to protect him from bullying and an assault that left him permanently disabled. The student suffered severe brain injuries that required surgery after two students pelted him in the head with footballs. His surgery required doctors to remove a blood clot and left him with permanent disabilities. Second, family and or personal problems can also cause school violence. Families that are not as warm and affectionate and in which feelings are not shared are more likely to have kids who bully, either within the family home or in other locations in which the kids meet others. Another home setting that is prone to producing bullies is one in which order and monitoring are inconsistent and or a punitive impression exists. Some research indicates that the very fact of having power can also make some people wish to wield it in a noticeable way, but it is also true that people may be given power without being trained in the leadership skills that will help them wield it wisely. Either situation can contribute to why people bully others. In 2012, there was a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left a lot of people brokenhearted. Authorities say that 20-year-old Adam Lanza blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, and gunned down 26 people, including 20...
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