Youth Violence In The United States

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The horrific stories that have been all over every news channel for the past few months about school shootings are hard to watch, but in reality less than two percent of homicides of youth between the ages of five and eighteen happen at school. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), youth violence is the intentional use of physical force or power against another person, group, or community, likely to cause physical or psychological harm. Although cases of youth violence have dropped since 1992, youth violence is still the third leading cause of death of youth ages fifteen to twenty-four, and is a major problem in the United States. Youth violence is a continuing problem in the United States, and this case proves why. On October 18, 2017, five teens set out to have some fun. Kyle Anger, 17, Alexzander Miller, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16, Mikadyn Payne, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, had the idea that a fun prank would be to throw rocks and other inanimate objects off a highway overpass in Flint, Michigan. Kenneth White, a thirty-two year old male and a father of four, was driving home from work when a rock crashed through the windshield, striking his face, head, and chest. White was then rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Kyle Anger, the teen accused of throwing the rock is currently being held in jail, while the other four teens are being …show more content…

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