Youth Violence

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Are you aware of the serious problems in schools today? Youth violence is on the rise throughout the world. Youth violence comes in many ways like, school shootings, gang violence and bulling, just to name a few. These violent acts are committed daily in all schools across the world. Victims of school shootings, gang violence and bullying are not the only victims. The person committing these horrific crimes is usually a victim themselves.

Statistics show that school shootings have decreased over the last few years, while other violent crimes such as gang violence and bullying have increased. In 2003, 5,570 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered. This is an average of 15 youth each day. Of these victims, 82% were killed with firearms. (CDC 2006) In 2004, more than 750,000 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained due to violence. (CDC 2006) Among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans, the second leading cause of death for Hispanics, and the third leading cause of death for American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Asian or Pacific Islanders. (CDC 2006) The following graph will show the percentages of males and females of homicides reported in 2003. (CDC 2005)

As seen in the graph, males were murdered far more than females. Males were engaged in a physical fight more often than females. In a nation wide survey of high school students 33% of the students reported being in a physical fight one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey. Another 17% of the students reported carrying a weapon (e.g., gun, knife, or club) on one or more of the 30 days preceding the survey. (CDC 2004) Do these facts lead to why more males are the perpetrator of school shootings?

School shootings have been happening as early as April of 1891 and are still happening today. There have been 22 primary school shootings worldwide leaving 605 dead and 960 injured. There have been 82 secondary school shootings worldwide leaving 337 dead and 279+ injured. There have been 41 college or university school shootings worldwide leaving 237+ dead and approx. 377 injured. The perpetrators in these school shootings have primarily been male. These statistics are outrageous. The whole world needs to do something to protect our children. There is no reason so many people have to lose their life at the hands of another. Schools need to start teaching our children youth violence is no laughing matter. There should be some kind of national law requiring schools to educate students about how to prevent such violence. There are a number of approaches to preventing school violence. For school violence prevention to be effective all members of the school community need to be involved. This includes all students, parents, all school staff members, administrators and school bus drivers. The main focus is to create a safe learning environment for students. The approach to preventing violence aims at teaching the students positive ways to handle conflicts, changing the way students behave and changing students’ attitudes. Everyone involved must do his or her part to teach these students about preventing violence. Establishing effective rules that provide positive behavior and the consequences for not behaving in that manner is a good way to start preventing violence. Teacher’s need to be trained in violence prevention. Most schools have professional development days to teach prevention techniques. There is a prevention intervention whose philosophy is to provide the best care, welfare, safety and security for all parties involved. This program discusses intervention strategies. This program teaches how to respond to an agitated, disruptive and assaultive individual. The program focuses on alternatives when a person loses control and becomes violent. The program teaches how to use techniques to control anxieties during interventions and maintain the best possible professional...
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