SOCIAL JUSTICE 5
Whatif you wake up one day, only to hear that your son has been seriouslyinjured in school? School related shootings, road rage incidences,and acts of bullying have evoked public outcries. Such instances tendto create hot issues for schools because they foster a poor andunfavorable school environment for other students. Followingprevalent incidences of bullying and violence in the current years,it seems as if the country is on the brink of moral panic given thecontemporary crisis of delinquency and destructive characters in theyouth’s culture. In spite of the widely diffused recognition andfears associated with bullying and violence in schools, it is notedthat these institutions are considered as one of the safest placesfor children. Going through the hype and the public emotions in thecases of a school shooting, bullying, violence, etc., the socialjustice systems are working towards controlling and reducing theunpredictable dimensions of this phenomenon. There is also anincreased need for introducing anti-violence intervention programs inthe school curriculum. As such, schools stand at a better position toidentify dubious characters among students. Schools should initiateand implement violence prevention programs so that young people canrefrain from bullying and violent activities to live meaningful livesand contribute positively to the community.
Schoolviolence is a wide problem that mainly stems up from a variety ofinfluences like the peers and family, school environment, the media,and the community. Bullying mostly takes place before and afterschool hours and is normally targeted to weaker students. Targetsusually fear retaliation because they will be subjected to harsh andcruel beatings. An instance of bullying is a case where Nadin whileheading home from school, was attacked by seven of his classmates.The bullies in this case only felt the need to attack individualswhom they saw as young and inferior. Rising cases of violence andbullying incidents are what prompt the public to initiate and resolveschool violence and bullying. Since the causes of violent acts aremulti-faceted, policies to address these issues must be given apriority and should operate on various levels. Virtually, efficientprograms must be enhanced to address the broad range of youthproblems. This would, in turn, promote fundamental skills that willimpact various consequences instead of narrowing on a particularcharacter.
Bullyharassment has shown to result in severe consequences (OESE, 2015).Many victims try to tolerate the mistreatments in secret. However,after constant bullying, some could no longer endure the insults, andthis is a case where he/she becomes wild and is prompted to conductviolent activities to anyone around them, including the bully and inextreme cases, may commit suicide. A restless mind can neverconcentrate on something. Violence creates restlessness and resultsinto a lack of concentration in academics. The outcome of this ispoor performance in schools and consequently, drop outs. The rate ofschool dropouts is likely to increase with an increase in violentcases. An institution that is characterized by brutality is likely tobe avoided, which results in losses when being considered as aninvestment.
Youngpeople are seen as the future leaders of every nation. Schooldropouts as a result of violence will deprive the country ofintellectuals in the future. The scenario can, therefore, beconsidered as a loss to, not only the family members of the victimsof violence but also to the community and the nation at large. Inmost cases, teens think that bullying is fun and is a way ofexpressing authority over others. In the end, the outcome is longterm. Parents struggle to pay school fees but only to realize that,their kids do not complete their studies. It is evident that bullyingcauses pain and hurts both the teenagers and parents.
Itis important for schools to take necessary steps to reduce violenceand bullying which involves superior aggressors who target weakvictims who cannot stop the aggression (Lickona, 2012). Theseprograms should be able to caption the message that no one deservesto be bullied. Anti-violence and anti-bullying programs are requiredto enable students to freely and regularly interact and participatein dialogs with their teachers concerning their social relationshipexperiences in school. From the discussions, teachers can now offercertain guidelines linked to violence and bullying. It should benoted that acts of violence can be recognized through spottingcertain abusive behaviors towards others and observe lack of specificconducts e.g. apologizing. Bullying must not be seen as a normalphase in a child`s developmental stage instead, it should be viewedas a sign for more severe ferocious and cruel activities that demandinstant and suitable prevention strategies by a concerned adult.
Lickona,T. (2012). excellence & ethics. Prevent Bullying, PromoteKindness: 20 Things All Schools Can Do. Retrieved fromhttps://www2.cortland.edu/dotAsset/340b8b7f-e067-4231- 9dd8-1eaed2a8962e.pdf
OESE.(2015). U.S. Department of Education. Office of Safe and HealthyStudents. Teen Dating Violence in the United States. Retrieved fromhttp://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/ teendatingviolence-factsheet. html