Argumentative Essay On School Violence

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As a society, how should we respond to the violence taking place in schools? How are we supposed to respond to the traumatic events of the present, where a series of school shootings lead by students at 12 different schools planned and carried out violent shootings that resulted in the deaths of several students and teachers at each school? These events alone have come from the United States, Washington, Alaska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Oregon, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and California (Daniels 2011). On July 1998, President Bill Clinton said that this series of school shootings had "seared the heart of America." Our society should feel impotent and concerned and most of all aware that this is a situation that needs immediate attention. School violence is constantly growing and increasing every day and with little response from what we hear in the news reports. Safety is and will continue to be a concern in schools. A rash of school shootings and bomb threats that occurred in the 1990s, and that continue to occur, brought increasing…show more content…
With greater access to firearms and explosives, the efficiency of violent behavior has had very serious consequences. We first need only look at the recent school shootings and the escalating rate of youth homicides among adolescents. Though the causes of youth violence are multifactorial and include variables such as poverty, family psychopathology, child abuse, exposure to domestic and community violence, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the research literature is that children 's exposure to media violence plays an important role in the rise of violent behavior. Even though it is difficult to determine, children that have been exposed to televised violence are at greatest risk, there is a strong correlation between media violence and aggressive
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