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This Web site explains that risk factors for violence are not static. Their predictive value changes depending on when they occur in a young person's development, in what social context, and under what circumstances. Risk factors may be found in the individual, the environment, or the individual's ability to respond to the demands or requirements of the environment. Some factors come into play during childhood or even earlier, whereas others do not appear until adolescence. Some involve the family, others the neighborhood, the school, or the peer group. Some become less important as a person matures. Somewhat informative but not sure if I want to use this source.
Alexander Volokh with Lisa Snell. School Violence Prevention: Strategies to Keep Schools Safe. www.rppi.org/ps234.html. This site addresses that school violence is a serious problem, especially in public schools. Improving the quality of American education is difficult without also addressing school violence, since regardless of how good the teachers or curriculum are, violence makes it difficult for students to learn. School violence wears many faces. It includes gang activity, locker thefts, bullying and intimidation, gun use, assault—just about anything that produces a victim. Violence is perpetrated against students, teachers, and staff, and ranges from intentional vendettas to accidental killings of bystanders. Often, discussions of school violence are lumped together with discussions of school discipline generally, as both involve questions of how to maintain order in a school. This is a well informed site.
Monica Davey and Jodi Wilgoren. Signs of Danger were missed in a Troubled Teenager’s Life. 24 Mar. 2005. www.nytimes.com .Some who knew Jeff Weise say they wonder why someone did not see his eruption coming months, or even years, ago. Here was the threat Mr. Wse, 16, once made on his own life, sending him away from his home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation for psychiatric treatment. There were the pictures of bloodied bodies and guns he drew and shared freely with classmates. There was the story he apparently wrote about a shooting spree at a school in a small town. This doesn’t seem to be such an important source for a paper.
Dr. Peter. R. Breggin. Eric Harris Was Taking Luvox ( A Prozac-like drug) at the Time of the Littleton Murders. 30 Apr. 1999. www.breggin.com/luvox.html. In this site Dr. Breggin confirms that Eric Harris, was taking Luvox.
Luvox commonly produces manic psychoses, aggression, and other behavioral abnormalities in young people. Mania is a psychosis that can produce bizarre destructive plans including mass murder. Reports by Dr. Breggin suggest Harris may have been suffering from a drug induced manic reaction from Luvox. Dr. Breggin explains this is why these drugs should not be taken by children. This seems to be a valuable source for my paper.
Jacqueline Sullivan. School House Hype: The School Shootings, and the Real Risks Kids Face in America. 30 Jan. 2005. www.cjcj.org/pubs/shooting/shootings.html. Jacqueline Sullivan proposes solutions in ending school shootings and explains the real risks children face in our schools. Proposed solutions were adding police officers in schools, eliminating any minimum age at which children may be tried as adults, school expulsions and suspensions, and ending after school programs. Restricting mass gun sales and context in the media are also real risks kids face in America according to Sullivan. This seems to be a very useful source for my paper.
Schroeder, Ken. K-6 Violence is Global. The Education Digest. Mar 2005. Proquest. This article goes to explain that bullying, weapon use, and sexual harassment in schools are a global problem. Schroeder explains that higher rates of victimization are seen in younger grades. He also says the incidence of physical assault is mainly affected by gender and age. Boys are twice as likely to be victimized as girls. He offers the whole school approach as a solution to ending problems in school. The whole school approach is where school leaders, students, and parents decide together what problems of violence exist and how to solve them. This is very informative.
Robinson, B.A. Long Term Results of School Shootings. 21 May 2001. www.religioustolerance.org/sch-vio2.html. B.A. Robinson explains that not only do the injured suffer long term effects but the whole student body may also suffer long term distress after the tragedy of a school shooting. A questionnaire was done by researchers for students who attended Thurston High School during a shooting that occurred, students that graduated before the shooting and a control group of students from another school. Results revealed that students who were in school during the time of the shooting were more likely to startle easily at loud noises. Also twenty five percent have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and post traumatic stress syndrome. This is a pretty informed article.
Futrell, Mary. Violence in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Perspective. 2005. www.questia.com . This article focuses school environments. Where violence occurs, students can not concentrate on the achievement standards, stay in school, perform at high academic levels, and excel intellectually. When teachers and students are more concerned about being victimized then about education, they can not concentrate on teaching and learning. This article was very informing.