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School violence is becoming a more common issue as time goes on.  During the school year of 2007 to 2008 it has been reported that there were 43 violent deaths associated with schools out of the 55.6 million students that were in kindergarten to high school during that time (Kelly).  Students should feel safe and secured in their school environment.   Bullying and violence in entertainment and media are important factors that contribute to school violence.  Many people are unaware of how often this happens, and the more people that are aware the more it can be noticed and prevented.

 Bullying Effects on School Violence (Supporting Evidence):

            Bullying is something that occurs on every school level in every school whether its peer to peer, or teacher to student.  Bullying shatters students’ self esteem, distracts students from schoolwork, and may lead to the students becoming self-destructive.  Bullying can be taken physically, mentally, or verbally.  Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnesses a bullying crime take place while at school. ("Bullying statistics," 2009). Bullying can include various types of behavior from physical attacks, to destroying one's personal property or clothing, verbal abuse, starting rumors, name calling, verbal attacks online as well as other forms of cyber bullying ("Bullying statistics," 2009).  This can cause the person that is being bullied to be angry and to feel like they are not good enough, which may also lead to some time of violent or aggressive act.

 Image Source: Stop bullying and start being friends. (2012, November 01). Retrieved from

 Media Violence (Supporting Evidence):

            Another thing that can influence school violence is the violence that is in the media and entertainment.  Kelly states, “The most important age for any person is his/her early childhood.  This is the part wherein a person is vulnerable to anything, and absorbs anything be it right or wrong” (Kelly).  Children are playing video games and watching movies that are automatically teaching them how to potentially hurt or kill a person.  The American Academy of Pediatrics did a study that recorded that American children between 8 and 18 years of age spend an average of 6 hours and 21 minutes each day using entertainment media that include television, commercial or self-recorded video, movies, video games, print, radio, recorded music, computers, and the Internet (Strasburger, 2009).  Since young people are being exposed to violence, they think it is “real-life” and think it is acceptable to use violent behaviors in school or even at home.


            The most important part about recognizing school violence, bullying, and the media is that there are several ways that it can be prevented. Centers for Disease Control Prevention states that building healthy and positive relationships between teachers and students can reduce the risk of school violence ("," 2011).  Increasing supervision to limit aggressive interaction between students may also help prevent school violence.  Controlling violent television and ratings could help children be less exposed to media violence.  If people start preventing bullying and media at a younger age, future generations will be less absorbed in violent activities.  Bullying and violence in the media can influence violent behaviors in school.  Even though school violence seems to occur very rarely, it can happen and becomes a bigger issue as the years go by in the United States.  Students, teachers, and parents should feel completely comfortable with school environments instead of fearful or afraid of being bullied.


Bullying statistics. (2009). Retrieved from (2011, January 4). Retrieved from

 Kelly , M. School violence weapons, crime, & bullying. Retrieved from

 Strasburger, V. (2009). Media violence. Retrieved from



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