Youth violence is one of the most mentioned and discussed problem in most city and schools around the country. This has received increased public attention since the rash of school shootings and violent acts that have occurred in recent years. It is a topic that is of great importance in class and course reading since school counselors should be well informed so that they will be prepared in dealing with these children involved in the violent acts. Violence among youth, especially in schools, is one of American society's most pressing concerns. It is a source of controversy all over the country because there is no set reason blamed for this change in our youth. It is not a problem only seen in one or two states. Nims (2000), reports that in recent news states like Springfield, Oregon; West Paducah, Kentucky; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Edinboro, Pennsylvania; Pearl, Mississippi; Littleton, Colorado; and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, have been continuously mentioned for common reasons. Students have expressed their anger and frustration on their peers in the most violent and lethal way possible (p.1). They have open fired, or placed explosives which have killed and hurt other children and teachers. Here in New York it has been necessary to place police officers within and surrounding the schools all over the city to help deal and someway stop school violence. Every day in the media you hear of some children being hurt or assaulted in school by peers. It seems to not matter what school or where it is located or what ethnic cultural background they belonged to. The problem is the children themselves and their violent behavior. .
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In the Journal An Overview Of Strategies to Reduce School Violence, the author states that "Youth violence had once been thought to be an urban public school problem and a consequence of poverty and family dysfunction, however now stable suburban and rural communities are also experiencing it, as are private schools" (Schwartz, 1996, p.