Should I Worry about School Violence?
As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to be safe and happy. Unfortunately, you cannot always be there to protect them. And after hearing about the numerous school shootings across the nation, it is natural to be a bit worried. What is the world coming to?
Schools should be a safe haven for students – a temple for learning. However, these educational institutions are now blanketed in fear. Students are actually afraid to go to school. You see, while school shootings are rare, overall school violence is not. In 2012 alone, there were roughly 749,200 nonfatal violent victimizations among students 12-18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Why Does School Violence Happen?
Unfortunately, no one can say for sure why school violence happens. There is no one answer. But there are warning signs.
“I think they [students] want to get in touch with us,” added Dr. Frank Robertz, co-founder of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology in Berlin. “They send us signals along the way.”
These signals often include students talking about their plans with others, via the spoken or written word. Another common warning sign is the use of weapons. Most students who carry out these attacks seek out weapons and practice with these weapons prior to the violent event.
What Can I Do to Prevent School Violence?
Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a school administrator, the best thing you can do is pay attention. Be on the lookout for the above warning signs of potential violence and know what to do if these warning signs ever do arise.
“All of the school shooters actually said– if someone would have approached me with how I’m feeling, what goes on in my mind, I would have told them,” said Dr. Robertz. “So if teachers actually approach kids, they have a very high chance that they will talk about what’s going on in their minds, and will talk about their violent fantasies.”
But before you act, you need to know what to do. You need the proper training.
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Positive interventions and proactive threat assessment are the best tools for our children’s safety and continued educational development.
“For kids in need of help […] a thoughtful response to the problem is essential,” explains Dr. Robertz.
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