Ten of them died in car wrecks” (27). This resembles of society, especially in recent years. Car accidents are the top killer of those ages 16-19. More recently, though, we have seen this idea of kids killing kids. School shootings over the past 25 year have taken countless lives.
In a survey done by the National school safety center in 2001, more than 60 percent of high school boys and 15 percent of middle school boys said they could get a gun if they wanted to (“Texas Crime Prevention”1). Also thirty percent of the kids reported being bullied (Texas Crime Pevention”1). However if school students know where guns is available, we run
This concern is shared by federal, state, local government government officials, and the public. According to Siegel and Welsh (2011), an estimated 1.7 million youths, under 18 years of age, are arrested each year for committing crimes that rage from loitering to murder, and this number is expected to rise (p. 10). Additionally, more than 250,000 juveniles are arrested each year for committing a status offenses, and roughly 160,000 of these offenses are petitioned to the juvenile court (Siegel & Welsh, 2011, p. 22). A more resent statistic shows that each year, approximately 240,000 status offenses are handled by juvenile courts (Neubauer & Fradella, 2014. 475).
School shootings has been these assailants’ number one mass shootings of choice. In this year alone there has been at least fifty two school shootings ranging from preschools and buses to the college level. The Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990 made it illegal to carry a firearm in schools but we have seen numerous shooting in schools. In fact most of the mass shootings that took place this years has been in gun-free zones. A lot of school want their student to be responsible and let them know that they trust them, so they do not have metal detectors or conduct random searches unless they have probable cause.
Not only youth is affected by gun violence at home or in the streets but also by violence in school. The University of Michigan did a survey saying whether being in or out of school a large amount of high school seniors admitted to being threatened by a weapon. From 1992 to 1994 school related homicides and suicides doubled. Many student grow up being bullied. These students have a hard time during school.
“While the number of conflicts involving child soldiers has dropped since 2004 from [age] 27 to 15, human-rights experts estimate that more than 200,000 children worldwide are still being used as combatants, usually against their will.” (Gettleman, Jeffrey). This is a large number of children worldwide who are forced into fighting in these dangerous and treacherous wars. Child soldier commanders are using these children against their will to fight wars and commit war crimes these children wouldn’t even imagine of committing. “The recruiters of child soldiers also use drugs and alcohol to make children more compliant and to enable them to commit acts they would not ordinarily commit.” (Child Soldiers Should Be Prosecuted). This shows that child soldiers are not responsible for their actions as they are fed drugs or given alcohol.
Since the mass shooting at a school in Sandy Hook in 2012, more than four hundred innocent people have been killed in more than 200 school shootings. Insane right? Sadly, gun violence has been a common occurrence for the past number of years, yet there are still no specific gun laws in the United States. Society expects excellence and perfection from every child growing up in today’s generation. The pressure can be too much for some, breaking them down, leading to awful events.
Juvenile crimes are serious, and need adult punishment "The rate of murders by kids has indeed been skyrocketing across the country. According to the National Crime Analysis Project of Northeastern University in Massachusetts, the number of 17-year-olds arrested for murder climbed 121% in the latter half of the '80s; the number of 16-year-olds by 158 per cent; and the number of 15-year-olds by 217%.” (“Jailing Juveniles”) by Steve Bogira, 1993. As there is no action without reaction, there shouldn’t be a crime without punishment afterwards. Even juveniles are subject to laws and are supposed to behave accordingly. If they didn 't, it would be unjust to let them - almost freely - get away with it.
In recent years a great deal of attention has been centered on youth violence. Numerous studies have been conducted on children of all races who are subjected to gun violence. However, violent behaviors start from within the environment where children have been exposed to. Household, poor communities and school as well have put children at risk each day. With a crime rate of 45 percent 1,000 residence, Norfolk has one of the highest crime rate in America.
Many schools in today’s society suffer from shootings at some point while children are attending school. Shootings in schools are not a new occurrence, and America has dealt with multiple shootings in public schools in which the lives of many children and teachers have been undeservingly taken (Elliott 528). Because of school shootings, this leaves our children in danger with no way to protect themselves. Gun violence in schools is an evident problem, and there are several ways to reduce the number of incidents, such as mental health screening for owners of guns, interconnectedness of communities, and more school funding. The problem with gun violence in schools has existed for years, and something should be done to eliminate the problem that endangers students who attend schools every day.