School violence is also a part of violence in today’s youth. There have been many findings in the news about violence happening inside schools today. It is stated that about three million students become victims of school violence. School violence generally starts around the ages of eleven and twelve, particularly in middle school. A solution must be found that can be exercised in school systems around the world. Discipline must be enforced and school administrators must take an active part in consequences for inappropriate behavior.
One of the top causes of school violence is bullying.
When children are bullied and have no one to talk to or to help them,
they resort to violent solutions that they usually execute in their
own school. The massacre at Columbine High School is a perfect example.
The culprits were two isolated teenagers who were teased for the way
that they wore their hair and how they dressed. The constant torments
and the other students’ exclusive behavior towards them led to
the two outcasts deciding to bring weapons to school to physically harm
the people who had emotionally scarred them.
Statistics show that there are similar effects when it comes to young people who have been victims of school violence. Some of them have disturbances while they sleep; including nightmares, difficulties staying asleep, and urinating on themselves. Victims may have excessive absences from school, fear of being alone and paranoia. They may also suffer from hyper-vigilance. Some symptoms of hyper-vigilance are sensitivity, being easily startled and physical health complaints. Students that are targeted in school violence develop an aggressive behavior, angry outbursts and regression. Regression sometimes occurs and causes them to lose the skills that they had learned over time. These skills may be academic or athletic. Victims may show a loss of interest in the things they have always valued or enjoyed.
There are many things that the students, parents and educators can do to prevent school violence. Students can get involved in community activities that can distract them from letting small issues at school become bigger, more violent issues. It is also wise for students not to carry any sort of weapon. By carrying a weapon, one has the option of using it. When that option is available, a simple confrontation can become a fatal mishap. Due to the fact that alcohol and drugs are often a driving force for violence, avoiding them is imperative. When students’ minds are sober, they tend to make more responsible decisions. Students can also show more citizenship by reporting any possible acts of violence of which they are aware .
Schools can take the initiative to improve
the security and the physical maintenance of the school. There should
be armed police officers and security guards. A cleaner environment
provides a safer environment; therefore, the upkeep of the school is
very essential in keeping a school violence-free. The school should
also promote non-violence through assemblies, meetings and propaganda.
All of these minor adjustments will illustrate an administrative support
system for the students and hence promote non-violence .
Schools can also set up a system that would
encourage students to report acts of violence. In addition, the administrators
must keep up with the reports in order for the system to accurately
prevent violence in schools. Keeping annual records would also help
with providing accurate evidence in the decrease or increase of school
violence. The relationship between the school and local law enforcement
should be established. This relationship will illustrate to the student
body that illegal acts will not be tolerated and will be punishable.