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What is School Violence?

Dan Cavallari
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Updated Feb 15, 2024
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The term "school violence" can refer to any violence at any degree of severity that takes place in an educational institution. The most severe cases of school violence usually involve extreme actions such as shootings or knife attacks, while less severe but still traumatizing acts may involve bullying in the form of physical violence or even verbal violence. Many schools throughout the world now have programs in place to recognize and counteract school violence, though the occurrence of violent acts in schools remains an issue. Bullying is by far the most common form of school violence, and the various forms of bullying can make the practice difficult to recognize.

In the past, most people considered bullying to be defined as physical violence aimed at a weaker person, though the various forms of bullying may not always focus on physical actions. Verbal violence and even cyber-bullying in more recent times have become issues of school violence that can put a student at risk. Verbal violence may involve taunting a student, making threats toward the student, or alienating the student from regular school activities. Cyber-bullying has taken this concept to a new level, as bullies can use text messages, cell phones, and the Internet to further the bullying both inside and outside of school. While this is not a physical action, it is still considered bullying because it can have severe negative impacts on the student being bullied.

The most headline-grabbing incidences of school violence usually involve premeditated attacks on students and faculty. School shootings are the most common among such acts of school violence, and in several cases throughout the United States and the world, a student or students have brought guns and other weapons to school with the intention of harming or killing students and staff. Many schools and school districts have implemented strategies for reacting to such scenarios to enhance the safety of students, staff, and everyone else involved in such violence.

Hazing has historically been a school violence issue at all levels of educational institutions. Hazing is a practice in which a student is harassed, abused, or otherwise put at risk as a right of passage or initiation into a certain clique or team. Just about all schools have banned hazing as a practice, though it still frequently occurs. Gangs in schools have also taken up the practice, and very often the violence associated with gangs occurs to a much more severe degree.

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Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By Scrbblchick — On Feb 04, 2014

A few years ago, the superintendent of our school system instituted a "no fight" policy. All students seventh grade and up who were caught fighting were arrested, cuffed and hauled off by the police. The parent or guardian had to go to the police station to pick them up. This appointment was usually made so the parent would have to leave work in order to pick up the student.

What this did was inconvenience the parents. Once they were inconvenienced, their students became remarkably law-abiding and peaceful.

It's not that the students were afraid of what would happen to them at school; they were afraid of what would happen to them at home if Mama had to leave work and come to the police station again to pick them up. This worked even with parents whose students *never* did anything wrong and couldn't possibly have been fighting! After going to the police station a couple of times, even these parents insisted their children behave.

Did it work? Well, one of the kids in my youth group said, "I used to be afraid to walk down the hall. I'm not anymore." Draw your own conclusion.s

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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