Instructor:Course:Date:Violence Crimes in the Society Today; School ViolenceIntroductionViolence is a growing problem in the society, with more and more incidents being reported by the day. While such acts propagated in the society continue to affect people negatively, the stakes are higher when it is a form of school violence. School violence refers to acts of aggression propagated within the school, mainly by members of the school community including the students. The gravity of the attacks can range from being mere fights which result in minor injuries to fatal attacks which involve guns and other weapons like machetes. According to the PBS-frontline website (PBS website Authors), while the number of incidents continues to fall through the years, the gravity and implications of on-going attacks are graver. The Killer at Thurston high school was a running headline of the heinous school violence act perpetrated by a mentally disturbed 15-year old, Kip Kinkel. The act which led to the death of four people, his parents, and two students, was one that shocked the conscience of the entire world and led to the enforcement of stringent laws regarding school safety and the observance of students who are seemingly disturbed and portray traits of potential aggressors. The following paper will analyze the school violence predicament by alluding to the case; it will highlight its causes, it effects and the possible means of averting the continuity of the predicament.Causes of school violenceAccording to Eisenbraun in her article, violence in school: prevalence, prediction, and prevention (Kristin 459-469), by the year 2002 more female students than males were likely to be the victims of violence in schools. In the same tune, there were higher incidents of males being the perpetrators of the school violence. The effects of such incidents had registered far reaching consequences on the entire school community, with reported negative performance and rising tendencies of students carrying weapons for self-protection due to fear of victimization(460-461). According to her, school violence is a result of many causes which may include dysfunctional family set-ups, lack of parental guidance, the use of drugs and alcohol by students and ease access to the weapons. Besides these, she highlighted the detrimental influence of media culture, through songs and television films and programs, which continually popularize violence (462-463). Her findings highly resonated with Kinkel’s situation as presented in the PBS documentary film. Kinkel was a mentally disturbed child whose plea for help was illustrated in his abnormal and compulsive obsession with guns and explosive devices; he was alienated preferring to keep to himself and listening to hard rock music. He was obsessed with crime as presented in the play by Shakespeare, Romeo, and Juliet. Kinkel’s parents tried to help him by taking him to psychiatrists for evaluation, but they missed subtle forms of his unusual behavior, which continually build up to occasion his eventual acts of murder.While he did not overtly indulge in drug abuse, Kinkel had many characteristics and attitudes of violent students. He had anger management issues, he was obsessed with the use of guns, and he preferred lonely exploits. His parents contributed to his eventual outburst by according him an opportunity to learn how to use firearms, negatively supporting his obsession instead of putting him to strict medical observation and counseling. Other parents in the community also contributed to the violence by placing their firearms at places accessible to their teenagers. The height of the mental disturbance in Kinkel is evidenced when he explains that he killed his parents because he loved them and did not wish for them to experience his wrangles against law enforcement agents. He was driven by an unknown force in his head to kill anyone and everyone he could.In the current age society, factors such as the popularization of violence through films and movies, a further disconnect of families, where parents concentrate more on work than on raising their children. The rising incidents of gang cultures have raised the stakes of school violence and continue to breed and reinforce negative characters in students with mental disorders and other factors that pre-dispose them as potential perpetrators.Effects of school violenceThe most obvious implication of school violence is the unfortunate loss of life and destruction of property. Kinkel’s incident led to the death of his parents, two students and the injury of 25 other pupils. The incident had other far-reaching consequences on the school teachers, the administration, and the overall community. It caused grave psychological implications on the students who witnessed the occurrence. Such leads to poor performance in the students and increases instability in the learning environment. The student, their parents, and the teachers may develop conditions such as depression and hypertension as the looming uncertainty regarding their safety in the school continues to lurk. The wider society is also impacted by school violence, and sometimes, civilians may become victims of violent students. As such, it is a collective duty for all members of the society to ensure that school violence is curbed adequately.Dealing with school violenceThe first step in ensuring control over the predicament is the timely identification of the characters of aggressors in the School community. Following the Killer at Thurston high school incident, the national center for the prevention of crime issued guidance on issues regarding troubled children and how to help them; the mosaic 2000 model was also adopted as a profiling tool for identifying possible violent students beforehand. According to the PBS Frontline website, most perpetrators have characteristic tendencies of aggression, they identified as loners with frequent angry outbursts and social withdrawal. They have an abnormal fascination with weapons, and they could be in possession of them. The guidelines advised parents and teachers to analyze the students’ histories and investigate their possible engagement in bullying, diminished interest in school activities and poor academic performance. The use of cursing and abusive language and extreme personalities and expressions through dress codes were also targeted issues for an address in the profiling models. While some of the tools in profiling would be adequate, they presented a challenge equitable to when law enforcement officers use racial profiling and terrorism profiling tools, since they bundled all student, including those who might have the characters but are not necessarily aggressive or dangerous. As such the ‘threat assessment’ approach was preferred in place of the mosaic model with time. This is because the approach involved an in-depth analysis of the individual character of the potentially violent student, analyzing their past undertakings and their reaction to situations that are stressful, it also studied their anger management skills and offered a more individualized aspect of the evaluation allowing correct analysis and projection.Once a student has been examined and identified as a potential perpetrator, or as a mentally challenged individual, they should be placed in relevant medical facilities and receive counseling aid at the same time. Overly in seeking to deal with the menace permanently, great emphasis has to be laid on the boy’s overall emotional health. Eisenbraun proposes the tackling of depression issues in young children adequately. They should be taught the best means of seeking redress for their anger issues and how to deal with ill treatment and rejection from their girlfriends, teachers or parents. Drug and alcohol use should be closely monitored and halted while at the same time, weapons such as guns and machetes should be less accessible, not only for the children but for members of the society to minimize avenues through which the propagation in violence in schools can be enabled (467). Members of the society, ought to work in unity in curbing the menace, parents and members of the general society should act as role models by avoiding violent acts in their homesteads, and they should dedicate time to nurturing good and positive characters and behaviors in their children. Other external factors that reinforce violence, such as the glorification of music and movies which promote acts of violence such as killing, the use of drugs and negative gang cultures, should be abolished. Members of the larger community should be educated on the implications of their acts and how their engagements passively influence and affect the behaviors of children and teenagers around them. Consequently, the law should be adequately equipped to challenge perpetrators before they propagate destructive acts in the communities.ConclusionIn conclusion, school violence continues to pose a great challenge in the society, as teachers and parents seek to mold their children into responsible beings. It is important that the community engages with each other in curbing the menace. Mentally challenged students should be treated and supported, while unruly behaviors and negative characters should be monitored from home and schools and parents should play more active roles in ensuring their children grow up as responsible and holistic individuals who respect human life and the inherent human rights of those around them.Works Cited Kristin, D Eisenbraun. “violence in schools: prevalence, prediction, and prevention.” journal of aggression and violent behavior (2007): 459-469. PBS website Authors. PBS website. 13th May 2004. 26th March 2017 <www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/etc/synopsis.html>. The killer at Thurston high: WGHB/Frontline.2006.film
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