Jul 31, 2019

Causes and prevention of violence and radicalization in schools

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School violence is a public health problem and may take the form of bullying, shooting, brawls and a host of other physical abuses. They are increasingly seen as being on the front-lines of the battle to prevent violence and radicalization. School violence may be personality problems. Shyness, for instance, may cause a student to feel out of place amongst his peers, thereby influencing him to be rebellious or try to get noticed by any means. Such behavior may also result in bullying and gang fights. Another cause of school violence is violent media. The impact of violent television programs and video games is largely underestimated in society.

Schools should set into action strong disciplinary measures which perpetrators of the act will face, if they fail to abide by the institution’s rules and regulations. There should also be up-to-date security measures in schools and school-sponsored events, to ensure that students are properly searched and stripped of any kind of weapon before entering the premises. Students should be counselled and enlightened on anger-management, conflict resolution, character development and a host of other topics that will help to deal with the psychological issues associated with school violence. Parents/Guardians have a key role to play as they should ensure that the atmosphere at home, where the child/ward is nurtured is violent-free.

The larger community such as non-governmental organizations should make concerted efforts to reach out to students and other youth in order to properly address issues of drug abuse, social anxieties and other forms of mental or affective disorders. The legal system in less-developed nations should also be reviewed in order to accommodate specific laws for school violence. The government should also update statistical data on school violence, in order to further enlighten the general public about the menace. Violence in schools is a social problem with an enormous ripple effect- one act of violence can trigger numerous negative outcomes- hence, the community is expected to work as a whole in order to curb this social ill.

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