School Violence School violence is not a new issue for the nineties. School violence has been around since the nineteen fifties, but was more an issue of juvenile delinquency.
The difference between the 1950s and 1990s is that the student conflicts are more likely to be settled with the use of weapons in the nineties. The availability of weapons today has seemingly increased the severity of which young people settle their arguments. From a sociological perspective, the increase of violence in schools in poor neighborhoods is a reflection of the community itself.The social ills- poverty, single parent homes, drugs, prostitution, teenage pregnancy and street violence has crept into the school community. Furthermore, in poverty stricken areas, the schools generally do not have the financial resources to spend on students compared to other middle/upper class communities. Hence, the students from poorer communities feel they have already been labeled as less desirable than others. This can cause frustration with students and could often lead to violence.
Of course, we know that school violence is not limited to lower socioeconomic areas. School violence occurs in all geographic, social or economic facets of our society.Teachers tend to believe that school violence is a result of sociologic factors such as: lack of parental supervision, lack of family involvement and exposure to violence in the mass media. These factors can be traced to high divorce rates, both parents working and the high availability of mass media,e.g. television, Internet, etc. In a recent article in Time magazine, they claimed that school violence in suburban schools is partially a result of societys mega store mentality.
We have closed down mom and pop stores in favor of mega stores to respond to societies increased needs to save time and money. Some school districts have responded in kind. Combining three high schools into one results in a school that houses 1500 students, grades 9-12, rather than 500 students.
This increased number limits school personnel in knowing their students on a more personal level, which causes students who have problems to escape the notice of teachers, staff and administrators. Schools are not doing enough to protect students and other school personnel. Curing social ills could take a long time, so I propose a high security approach to the problem.
The community may find this expensive and students find it oppressive, but how many more people have to die? I propose the following strategy: 1) Police officers in every school. 2) Metal detectors at each doorway.3) Some type of dress code- banning big clothes where weapons can be hidden. 4) No book bags- only clear bags allowed. 5) Hall monitors- hallways, doorways, restrooms and cafeterias. 6) Train certain school personnel in weapon usage.
Allow them to carry and store weapons on campus.If students knew someone else on campus had a gun to protect students, they may think twice about bringing one to school. This may sound severe, but this is a direct approach to the problem.