#School Violence

School Violence is one of the many problems us teenagers face everyday. It is up to everyone to at least try to put a stop to bullies and school shootings. Metal Detectors, searches, security guards are all great but does it help? What can students, parents, and teachers do to stop bullying? Those are the types of answers I'm going to give you.

Usually drugs and alcohol are involved in school violence. Shoot - outs are normally done by teens that think they are nobody and that they don't matter. We are lucky to not have school shooting in the Miramichi but I know for a fact that bullying still and always will occur.

The U.S. Department of Educations National Centre for Education Statistics. This oganization's survey of principals in 1,234 regular public elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states in the 1996 - 1997 school years. This is what they found out:

57% of public elementary and secondary school principals states that one or more incidents of crime or violence were reported to the police.

10% of all public schools had one or more serious violent crimes (murder, rape, sexual battery, suicide, physical attack or fight with weapon or robbery)

Most of the serious violent crimes occurred in the middle and high schools.

Remember when reading these statistics that 43% of public school reported no crimes and 90% had no serious violent crimes. Taking that into consideration, you have to admit that violence and crime do exist in the school setting.

Since the 1992 - 1993 school years 270 violent deaths have occurred at school across the United States according to the National School Safety Centres Report on School Associated Violent deaths. The majority f these deaths, 207, were shooting victims. However the numbers of deaths in the 1999 - 2000 school year was almost one quarter the numbers that occurred in 1992 - 1993. Though those numbers seem encouraging, most would agree that those numbers should be lower.

Some teachers also believe certain type of parenting may cause their child to be more violent in and around school. In addition, with more parents working outside the home, students are very aware that it is difficult for school officials to contact their parents, and even if they do, their parents often refuse to respond

because they may be tired of dealing with the child's problem.

Here is 1 examples of school violence committed by teens aged 11 - 18:

April 28, 1998

Two teenage boys were shot to death and a third wounded as they played basketball at an elementary school, hours after classes had ended. A 14-year-old boy is charged with the shooting, is blamed on the rivalry between two groups of youths

After reading that story there is one thing that I have to say in conclusion, "What is out world coming to" If you didn't think school violence was a growing problem, hopefully after reading my essay, I've changed your mind.