Crime In America (CRIJ1307)
26 February 2009
Violence In The Public Schools
Values, Ethics and Morals usually define the actions of human beings the world over. Throughout the generations in the United States, violence and the acceptance of improper behavior has evolved into an epidemic in some communities.
The level of violence and the age at which the violence occurs is even more disturbing to even the most hardened Criminal Justice Professional. A prime example is the tragic events in Columbine, Colorado where two disturbed young males opened fire in their school causing carnage and fear throughout the community and shock throughout the rest of the world. As a result of this very nationally televised criminal event, steps have been taken to help quickly identify and prevent future tragic situations. Another example occurred around May 2005 when a Philadelphia elementary student stabbed 19 fellow classmates with a hypodermic needle. The victims had to wait around for three hours before receiving any type of medical treatment adding to the shock value the parents had to endure. Of those tested for HIV, one student tested positive.
According to an article published by the CATO institute (McCluskey, 2005), the level and intensity of violence in public schools is higher than publicly stated due to failure on many to report violent acts. Under reporting or plain failing to report violent incidents in public schools is prevalent across the United States and a solution to the problem seems far from being realized.
Studies have been conducted across the United States to figure out the causes for the increase in public school violence. The results of the studies conducted by National Center for Education Statistics, “Violence in Public Schools” (Larsen, 2003) revealed that gender played a significant role in the type and quantity of violent crime in Secondary Schools. Violent Crimes are less likely to be reported if it occurred... [continues]
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