Violence in America

Generally, children are by nature innocent, free of violent, free of sexual thoughts unless they are corrupted by our cultural practices. Schools on the other hand have traditionally been safe. Therefore, we belief that, the recent wave of killings are extraordinary. However, according to history, American school children especially the teenagers have been unruly and very destructive. During the colonial period of America, most children were taught at home. However, the few that attended school were prone to be disorderly as compared to today’s youths.

This is so because; the teachers used corporal punishments that are assumed to barbaric today. The criminal children were tied to posts and beaten for their crimes. Sometimes, children were put to death. However, more students are involved in violence due to disciplinary problems where in most cases, keeping order took priority over teaching. Violence is even worse in colleges since the teen-age students are less submissive and bigger (Eric J. Mash, Russel A. Barkley, 2007). School violence takes various forms which include riots depending on the conditions and the climate of that day.

For instant, the school children would be violent in the name of political crisis. An example of this is seen in New York when platoon system was introduced to deal with an influx of pupils. This in return provoked the students who rebelled literally. There were riots as the students battled with the police. The students were involved in this violence since they were aggrieved with the change of rules that they were used to without any consultations. For all this time, the youth or the school children were able to engage in violence since they are armed with guns and hence are able to commit in schools or near the schools themselves.

For example, in 1927, a school board official detonated three bombs killing 45 people. This is evident that the number of teenagers killed in the past remains higher as compared to the present time. According to the studies, the rising trend of violence in children leading to death is attributable to the increase of guns among children. These are not stronger to violent impulses hence are capable of doing anything with these guns that are at their exposure. Other students are maladjusted and therefore can unleash those impulses at any time and do things that are inevitable which maybe within our control (John T.

Pardeck, 2006). Therefore, the causes attributed to the school children engaging in violence are structural since it due to the manner in which they are brought up that permits them to engage in such behaviors. For instant, the fact that they have free access of guns and are allowed to go to school with them gives them the go ahead to engage in violent activities. The fact that these school children are not subjected to corporal punishment or punishment of any nature when they have misbehaved contributes since they don’t realize their mistakes in time.

This violence is not adequate because it is done out of ignorance of the school children. They are not aware of the laws and rules that govern them as students which in return contribute to them engaging in these unlawful activities without fear of the outcomes. The ignorance of the parents, the teachers and the society in general also contributes to this greatly. Therefore, to reduce the rate of violence in school children, there is need to train them and ensure that they are disciplined and hence know how to handle some situations that they may encounter.

In situations where these school children are aggrieved, they should be aware of the avenues that they should follow so that they are able to put across their grievances. The parents together with the teachers should also work to see that the school children do not have access to the guns and other dangerous gadgets that may be harmful to human life.


John T. Pardeck (2006). Children’s Rights: Policy and Practice. Haworth Press, ISBN 078902813. Eric J. Mash, Russel A. Barkley (2007). Assessment of Childhood Disorders. Guilford Press, ISBN 159354935.