School Violence and the Active Shooter-Abstract


by

Wafeeq Sabir, Ph.D


Increasing juvenile violence and gun access has established a closer examination of school shootings and the social and psychological aspects that causes an adolescent to shoot and kill others. Politicians, psychologists, child experts, and others cast blame on a changing American culture that absorbs a liking to violent music, reality television, and violent video games. Researchers also suggest a meltdown in the moral structure that began with the removal of corporal punishment and prayer in school. Reasons vary but the typical school shooter is a White American adolescent male.

36 comments:

Alexandria Dean said...

I believe parents should be more involved in what their childern are doing with themselves. I also feel they sould allow praying back in the public schools. As far as media being the cause of school shootings I feel if parents are more of a role model for their children we wouldn't have to worry about our children trying to act or be like anyone else but them.

Sandra Kitchen said...

I believe that parents are responsible for knowing what their children are doing at school and outside of school. I also feel that the communities should have more things to offer for children to spend their time. So they will have things to do besides getting in to troble.

Jessica Roberts said...

Increasing juvenile violence has a lot to do with the type of home life that one has. In today's society, much of the youth is left at homealone to fen for themselves. They are left unattended while bothe parents or a single parent struggle to provide a good home life. The problem is that during this down time parents may miss major flags that could have alerted them o a troubled child.

Tiffany H. said...

Juvenile violence such as these school shootings have little to do with the their music preferences or entertainment. The media is so quick to blame it on "Rap Music" or "Hip Hop". Prior to the 20th century, hip hop used to be raw. Now, the music has toned down a lot. Hip hop is more of a lifestyle...not a promotion for extreme violence.

I do believe that the lack of parental involvement with their child has a bit to do with these terrible outbursts. Personally, I just feel that the issue is far deeper than what goes on, on the home front. These sick kids have unaddressed physiological issues. Maybe a problem that could have been resolved long before it got to acts of shooting.

Robert Fugate said...

I believe many of those reasons lead a big role in a childs identity but if parents would spend more good quality time with there child and brought back the family values we would see a dramastic change in childrens viloence in school.

Anonymous said...

the child tends to build his/her personality based on parents teachings , there fore parents are always the primary teachers of the child ,and i believe that they are unresponsible parents behind the issues happening like this at schools. Thank You
Ali . Ghasemi

Anonymous said...

i think the lack of parental control and not sustaining a close relationship with the child at young ages can lead to behaviors like this , because the child wouldn't have a role model in life
Thank You .
Hanieeh.E

Valesia Glenn said...

I believe that parents need to have more input on what types of games and movies their children are watching and playing. also now in days parents are not spending quality time with their children. Besides kids being taught at school they should be taught at their household as well

Anonymous said...

RoseBre
What music these kids listen to, the tv shows they watch have very little to do with shootings in school. To a certain extent I think some movies kids may watch may influence them, but it boils down to the parents being involved in their lives and know what their children are watching and what music their listening to,as well as the company they keep!.. Train up a child in a way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it- Proverbs 22:6

Dung Nguyen said...

That's so true about violence increase in juvenile age nowadays. Teenagers are premature and lack of cognitions to distinguish right things or wrong things to do. So playing violence game and watching aggressive TV's shows affect their behaviors.

ygo2slow said...

As children we're given G.I. Joes, then Nurf guns, then BB guns, then first person shooter games, then air soft guns, then paintball guns, then angry music that talks about killing, then some hot chick breaks our hearts, and you wonder why there are so many angry white boys in the schools. ;)

I guess it all starts at home, with the values we instill in our children and how active we are in there lifes.

slickcola said...

I think that tv shows video games and music do have a influence on violence in juveniles, they see someone or something getting credit or publicity on tv and think they can get the same. or they get certaing ideas from playing a video game and they think its cool so they do it. but I also believe that the parents are mostly resposible for their actions. If parents would take the time to enter act with their children and find out what is going on in their lives. be involved in their activities and talk to them then that would eliminate alot of this violence. also after school programs would be a good thing to keep the teen from being bored and help keep them out of trouble.

Tiffany said...

Parents play a role to a certain extent to what there kids due or who they become. But parents can't always be the the one's to blame. Some parents due all they can for there children and may monitor there what they watch, who they hang around and things in that sort and some children are rebellious and choose to due other things. I due strongly believe music, television and video games play a major part in juvenile violence. When you hear and see violence on a daily basis you may assume that is okay or that is they way things should be and choose to act in a way that is violent. Tiffany G. Mitchell

Anonymous said...

It all starts at home, parents should be involved with their kids. They should teach their kids about morals, the difference between wrong and right. If the parents let a student watch violence on tv and not explain that is not real, that its not the way to behave, or to solve their problems, children will believe that its okay to do so.

David R.

B. Jackson said...

I believe the lack of family time/parent involvement, the "on the go" culture we are now living in, the lack of morals in society as a whole, the over-sized classes in schools and lack of teachers all plays a part in juvenile violence. The crime rate among kids back in the 1950's and 1960's was a lot lower than the crime rate of today. If we look back at how society was then compared to now it is totally different.

1950's/1960's: Families ate together at the table and spent a lot of time together. Classes were smaller making the child-to-teacher ratio much better than that of today. Life was more relaxed. Morals were a high priority to everyone.

I believe the melt down occured when both parents had to work to make ends meet and they stopped spending as much time together as a family. This was just the beginning.

If we could find a way to balance the work load we have to keep our families afloat and still spend time with our children/families I think this would be a start on helping the juvenile violence drop.

steven vasquez said...

I don't believe that the availiblity of guns is the #1 reason for school shootings. For many generations, people have been introduced to guns at very young ages. Whether it be for hunting or for self defense. I think the big difference though, is that along with the introduction, came a lesson in gun saftey and the idea that a gun is a tool and that it should only to be used as tool.

Maybe it was having a concerned parent or family member taking the time and effort to instruct the child, or maybe it was just a different time.



Steven Vasquez

Joel English said...

I think more parents should put restrictions on what their child plays or watches, and listen to at a young age, but then again most kids should be able to tell the difference in what is real and what isnt

Anonymous said...

For years, children have had problems at school and the question is always asked, "What's going on in the home?" I think the right question is, "What's going on in school?" A child leave home and go shoot up a school full of kids to express their anger of home life. Let's get serious, if a worker shoots at work, it is clear the problem is at work. Why is it any different for a child with a gun? Peer pressure and ridicule has pushed these young people to commit these unspeakable acts. Home life also produce some fears for students but they are not shooting their parents. They are shooting,"those kids who are picking on them", so where should this problem be addressed. We need to examine the schools atmosphere, if we want to stop school violence.

H.G.

Anonymous said...

Its does start with the parents, time spent with children is very important. Communicating with them is a key factor so parents can be aware of what that child is up to. Even if the child is withdrawn for some reason, snoop in their rooms, grab their cell phones to read txt messages etc...I teach my children to befriend or acknowledge children less fortunate or feel like outcast, talk to those kids be nice when others are not, it just takes that one unwanted kid after years or months of being bullied to grab a gun a hurt innocent people.

Carmen Lujan

Azeneth U. said...

I believe Children in general need more attention than what they are now recieving. The Economy is at its worst and some parents are having to work double shifts and even up to 3 jobs at a time. In esssence currency is not the only thing that is scarce due to our bad economy, but also families, thus leaving children to fend for themselves for a good amount of time. With much lack of attention, resentment, and a bunch of time on their hands can cause just about any body to act up and go as far as to even commit these kids of atrocious acts.

The_Shawn said...

I think that many younger kids feel like violence is the right thing to do because of what they see in movies and music videos. Almost all of these new games are almost lifelike in how they show a killing of another lifelike looking character. This is mostly parents fault though i feel for not getting there kids out more or letting them fall into this world at such a young age. Kids fall into this gaming world very early in life and then to reinforce everything they see is on the news day in and day out on headlines of the day. They feel like the only way to resolve their anger is shooting or fighting.

JOel ENglish said...

I think that she parents should moniter what their child is able to play, watch, and also explain to them if they do see something graphic or do play something that would be considered violent that it is not real and that it should not be done. A lot of the kids learn to say things from movies and games. LIke for example some kids start saying curse words because they heard a show, movie or even their parents say the word. so I think the parent should keep up with their children more at a young age and explain to them the difference between the things in this world that are real and fake, and also the difference of right and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Marie 07

Unfortunately, the facts speak for themselves. We still do not need to conform to the statistics. We need to change this increase of violence among our youth. They are the future of this country and we need to give them more resources to avoid this type of violence.

Anonymous said...

I The only way that a juvenile will do the right thing is by bieng scared if they do the wrong thing whats going ot happen. I also blame it on the American lifestyle by that i mean the way of living to busy for your own kids so we dont have time to talk with our kids. Most of juvenile shooting can be prevented by creating more time to talk to our children. Rhoda Conner

Nida Raja said...

I think Movies, music videos play a big role in kids with crimes. They show the a guy with a gun is a strong popular guy and kids follow thta and want to be just like them. Most of the school shootings done by these kids because they dont have anything else to do. If their parents step in and get these kids involved in school activities like playing sports and have out of school activities for them then kids will be busy doing all that stuff and won't have time to do violence.
Nida Raja

Anonymous said...

I also think that a large part of the problem with violence in schools was the removal of corporal punishment from schools and a breakdown in our moral structure. Lawmakers also made it increasingly hard to discipline our children without the fear of having to with CPS. I wonder if anyone has considered that another factor in the increase in violence is children no longer having a way to express their individual identities. As a result, they are rebelling in every way possible. Our parents put up with the strange clothing an awkward looking hairstyles. This was acceptable even in schools. Yes, there were boundaries, but we were allowed to be us. Now children can't even where jackets with hoods to school. We took things too far.

Anonymous said...

Vanessa Lopez soci class
Im actually reserching on school shooting and I totally agree with you 100% School shooting are lead do to bulling in schools, depression meds, anger, type of music, video games and many more I think if a person is a parent they should pay close attention to there children.

Andrea said...

I agree. I graduated in the late 80's. We had corporal punishment and prayer in school. We had less problems than the children in school face today. I belive in discipline and I belive prayer changes things.
Andrea W.

Katie McNabney said...

I agree that television, the media, video games ect...most definately play a role in how a child reacts to violence ( guns, shooting), however I do feel that it is the parents role to enforce rules on what that child is allowed or not allowed to watch and be around. I feel that prayer should be in schools as well as corporal punishment. I also feel that the bullying of children are a big factor in making a child either commit suicide or possibly shoot and kill others. It makes me so sad to think of all the shootings, bullying, and suicides that have occured amongst such young children.

Purvi said...

I believe that video games, television etc. are one of the main causes of anger and violence in a child. However I also believe that the parents should put some rules on their children on what they are allowed to be around as opposed to violent games or television shows. Most of the time violence occurs with teenagers and young adults which in my opinion they should be at the age where they should be smart enough to know what is right and what is wrong. I think parents need to be involved in their kids lives as much as the children need to realize what is right to do and what isn't. Playing a video, watching a television show, even playing with toys that revolve around violence can all be fun and games as long as you know where to draw the line between reality and what you just see on T.V.

Broderick Eggins said...

I believe that violence from young adults has been stressed to much on the fact that entertainment is the cause of their reaction to what they see and hear on TV and radio, movies, e.t.c. The sole responsibility of a child actions alway lies with parenting. Who's raising the kids the parents or the TV?

james a said...

i belive another factor contrbuting to school shootings would be the huge amount of media coverage they recive.while the news media attack the actions thruought the coverage they are acually contributing to future shootings by the sheer amount of attention it receives.many of these shooters tend to be outcasts or bullied who feel there voices can not be heard or that they arent noticed.and while twisted some see these actions as a way to lash out at socieity and recive the attention theyve wanted at the same time.i belive many of these kids feel that their violent actions are the only way for them to be recognized.and the media only helps by feeding in to this.its the same theory as when you tell a kid not to do something and then give all kinds of attentionton to them when they do it.i dont belive school shooting are on the rise because a lack of morales or that theres no moring prayer,and while tv and videogames may be a small factor.i think the main problem would be the amount of attention we give to violence in this culture espically school shootings.

Nura Daaboul said...

I believe that the students who do this, are people who have been crying for help and no one has been listening. In Some cases, there has been clues that lead up to these horrible tradegies. People should look for signs and be more aware of there surroundings.

Daniela G. said...

The fist thing that comes to my mind when I hear abour stuff like this is that "this kid needed attention, thats all" and the way to gain the attention or acceptence is doing acts like this.
Most would say that music, tv ect. contribute to acts of violence. In part it does, but in the other hand we can not always control what is out there, nor much less keep our children unexposed to stuff like this. But the most important thing is to spend plenty of time with our kids. Give them the attention and teachings they need to become a person of good.

Anonymous said...

Hardik P

I think that parents should take the responsibility and talk to their kids every now then and get to know what their kid's emotions and thoughts are. And if they need help like as if the kids are being bullied in school because this is one of the reasons why whenever that kids grows up to be an adult it leads them into being a violent criminal due to rough childhood.

Donna Davis said...

As a person that follows my religion,I firmly believe that taking God out of school,and also many other places has affected how children act within the schools,and that the punishment is not allowed in my school days if we did wrong it was to the principal and was punished with a paddle.