PTSD from violence in schools through the country today are damaging young minds in ways we cannot imagine. This is what is going on in our schools today and how the young minds are being affected. PTSD from violence in Schools is Damaging Young Minds
Violence in public schools has been increasing over the past decade in many shapes and forms. When we discuss school violence we are not just speaking about school shootings, we are discussing all forms of public school violence. This reoccurring violence is starting to shape our younger generations to believe this is normal.
“Nationwide, about 6% of students had not gone to school at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.” This survey form students in 2017 clearly shows how students are scared to come to school in fear of violence. This is a terrifying statistic that we should be worrying about. If kids today are not going to school in fear of violence, just imagine what it will be like in years to come when these kids grow up accustomed to school violence. Our future civilians of America will have to deal with violence on a day to day basis at schools, and if schools are safe anymore these children will lose faith in the school system.
Students are not the only ones being threatened with school violence. We see through statistics that teachers are also threatened with injury at schools. “During the 2011–12 school year, 9 percent of school teachers reported being threatened with injury by a student from their school. This percentage was lower than the 12 percent of teachers who reported being threatened with injury in 1993–94.” This shows that violence is up against teachers. If teachers and students alike are being targeted with violence we will need to disrupt the school system to make these changes before we grow too accustomed with it. Teachers need to be able to control their students and if they themselves are being threatened they will lose any sort of control in a school environment.
School violence doesn’t just mean weapon violence. There are also other types of violence going on that leads to worse and more violent actions. Bullying is also considered violence in schools. “In 2015, about 15 percent of U.S. fourth graders and 7 percent of U.S. eighth-graders reported experiencing bullying at least once a month.” 15 Percent is a staggering number when you think about it. That means that everyday there is violence in schools whether it be violence that ends a life or just violence that is considered bullying. But all forms of violence in public schools is terrible and needs to be addressed before it gets out of control and children are no longer feeling safe in their own school.
Violence in the public school system can cause serious problems with learning and in the long run can affect a child’s learning development. If a child is scared to go to school or if the child develops ill feeling towards school and learning they will develop learning disabilities. “Third-graders who reported that they were frequently victimized scored lower in reading, mathematics, and science than their peers who reported that they were never victimized or that they were sometimes or rarely victimized.” This shows that children who reported being victims of violence in schools are having trouble learning. Kids that are not subject to this violence are doing much better educationally then their counter parts who are subject to the violence.
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- Cdc.gov. (2017). Data and Statistics School Violence Youth Violence Prevention Injury Centric. [online] Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/schoolviolence/data_stats.html [Accessed 12 Dec. 2017].