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School Violence/Shootings

             I have chosen to do my research paper over juvenile violence in schools, mainly school shootings. School violence is a serious problem, especially in public schools. Improving the quality of the American education system is difficult without also addressing school violence, since regardless of how good the teachers or curriculum are, violence makes it difficult for students to learn. To be aware of incidents in the past is to be aware of possible incidents in the future. Violence in schools with young people is at a high. Its nothing out of the ordinary to turn on the television or open up a paper and read about a school shooting or a student doing something to hurt another classmate or even a teacher. This is something I believe needs to have help in better security in schools. (Vololch and Snell).
             School violence includes gang activity, locker thefts, bullying and intimidation, gun use, assault "just about anything that produces a victim. Violence is perpetrated against students, teachers, and staff, and ranges from intentional vendettas to accidental killings of bystanders. Often, discussions of school violence are lumped together with discussions of school discipline generally, as both involve questions of how to maintain order in a school. (Harris and Associates).
             In 1940, public school teachers ranked the top seven disciplinary problems at public schools. Public school teachers ranked the top problems again in 1990. In 1940 the top seven problems teachers believed were: talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, cutting in line, dress code violations, and littering. When the survey was taken again in 1990 the top seven problems they believed were drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, assault, suicide, rape, and robbery. One elementary school student said his perfect school "My perfect school would have everything except violence things." Which is meaning school violence.

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