Running head: Crisis Intervention in our schools
The headlines, huge and alarming, spread across the front page of every newspaper in the nation. It makes first line mention in all the news stories for the night and sometimes for weeks and months to come. Allover America school violence is becoming more than just the bully on the playground. It is swelling to great proportions and this dilemma must be dealt with by our society.
School violence starts out with the bully on the playground, or the pushing and shoving in the lunch line, but given the right set of circumstances what might have been prevented with some supervision instead turns into something fatal.
There are many psychologists and clinical psychiatrists who along with independent researchers collect extensive lists and do studies on what may be the cause of school violence. The only common denominator that exists between them all is the fact that there is no one determining factor. Let us first examine the nuclear family.
School violence does not start in the school. Most behaviors are learned responses to circumstances and situations that are exhibited in our everyday life. Home life conditions are influences on all children. If a child grows up in a home where one of the parents is abused, whether verbally or physically, the child will take this as the norm. Studies have proven that a child living in an abusive home will himself become an abuser. Children who see violence view it as a solution to the problem. They see the stronger of the two components as the winner in the situation, and want to emulate the behavior.
The common forms of school violence are “verbal abuse, bullying, gang fights, physical assaults on students and teachers. Then of course we can not leave out the more violent forms of violence such as school shootings to bombing. (Drake, Price & Telljohann, 2003)
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