violence in schools



Violence In Schools
Thesis Statement
Violence in schools has spread widely throughout the nation.
This has caused many problems among students, families,
faculty of schools, and residents of the areas. In my paper
I will discuss the reasons why violence in schools exists
and what could or "should" be done about it.
Violence In Schools
Violence in schools has spread widely throughout the
nation. This has caused many problems among students,
families, faculty of schools, and residents of the areas.
However, their are many possible ways we can stop all this
violence in schools. Almost three-fourths of the United
States teens are afraid of violent crime amongst their
peers(Apfel 23). Violence in schools has become a big
problem in todays society. With all the people being injured
or killed in schools by guns and other weapons, more and
more people are getting more weapons to bring in to schools.
Nearly half of all males and one-third of all students
including females said they can easily obtain a handgun if
they wanted to(Glazer 14).
The cause of violence can be blamed on many things but
1 mainly. And that one thing is drugs and gangs. Now that
more people are selling and buying drugs, people are making
money to buy weapons. Gangs, since they came around violence
has been increasing steadily. The spread of gangs and drugs
has also been implicated in the increasing violence of
school youths(Glazer 14).

Experts have also said that most violent conflicts
among school-age children can be traced back to long-
simmering disputes(Apfel 21). Carrying guns and other
weapons around schools is becoming more and more popular all
around the world. People think that carrying guns around
schools with them will make them cool or fit in with other
people like themselves. They\'re wrong. More and more people
who are carrying guns around schools today are getting
caught and having them taken away. Since schools have gotten
metal detectors and scanners, they have cut down the rate of
having handguns in schools by nearly 58%(Glazer 5).
Security experts have reported that there is no evidence
that a metal detector will solve the problem of violence in
schools, even though it offers a highly-visible symbol to
the community(Apfel 22). Even if the schools with all the
gun violence in their schools do put in metal detectors at
the front entrances of schools, their are many ways kids
can sneak in weapons to school.

In 1990 congress made it a felony to bring a gun within
one-thousand feet of any school under the "Gun-Free School
Zones" provision of the 1990 crime prevention package. This
law wont help very much because of the fact that students
can sneak in weapons through bathroom windows, or an
unguarded entrance during recess(Glazer 6). So their isn\'t
really a safe and reliable way to keep guns away from
schools.
Security has become a big part of schools today. More
and more schools have been getting metal detectors
installed. The N.Y. city public schools report that since
the introduction to metal detectors in 1988, serious
incidents have declined by 58% in schools with scanners and
by 43% without them(Glazer 5). Every school should start
putting in metal detectors and scanners if they want to cut
down violence. Some schools districts that experimented with
metal detectors for a short time found them a bit
frustrating(Gordon 27).
It has become very easy to obtain a gun. A survey of
Baltimore public-schools students showed that the four most
prevalent places to get guns are street corners, friends,
drug dealers, and thieves(Gordon 29). And kids all over the
world are getting guns from all these places but nobody is
doing anything about it. It is very easy for someone to
obtain a handgun. All they have to do is go to one of these
four places and buy one. Where do they get the money to buy
these guns you ask? From selling drugs. If we could stop the
selling of drugs just by maybe 20% or even 15%, their would
be a whole less violence due to the lack of money. So nobody
would be able to buy a weapon.

Teachers are in as much danger of being killed or
attacked as kids are school. The