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Specific Purpose To persuade my audience that violence is on the increaseCentral Idea Violence should be viewed as a social problem for everyone in our societyIViolence has increased in our schools Within the last four years thirty or more teachers and students have been killedIIOn April 20 1999 Eric Harris 18 and Dylan Klebold 17 killed one teacher and twelve students and wounded twenty- three other individuals Thomas Solomon 15 wounded six students in his high school On March 24 1998 Andrew Holden 11 and Mitchell Hogson 13 killed a total of five people and wounded ten in Westside Middle School This information is all from Time Magazines May 31 1999s issue There are many problems that cause violence Drugs gangs guns and television programs are all problems the students have that are linked to violenceTransition lets us now view the problems with drugsISubstance abuse has been a probable cause of violenceADrug related incidents have increased in schools causing students to act violently toward each other1Students are competing with each other trying to make more money by selling drugs2If someone takes away someones customer dealers will tend to fight against each otherBStudents are also coming to school under the influenceFive percent of students in school attend counseling because they were caught under the influence during school hoursTransition gangs also affect our studentsIIMembership in a gang causes violenceAToday gangs exist in large urban and small suburban public and private schoolsBGangs encourage and reward violent actsCGangs are powerful and violence occurs over issues of status reputation and turfThey also offer guns to their membersKids have access to hand guns in school streets and in their parents homesTransition television programs also cause violenceIIIAll children see violent acts committed on television programs films rock videos news broadcasts and cartoonsAMany children imitate the violent they see on televisionBA child who watches The Power Rangers will act violently since the characters are always fightingCOn the other hand a child who watches
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