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The myth of the juvenile superpredator is being readily touted in the media these days Newspapers public speakers television talk shows and news programs have created the idea that society is or soon will be bombarded with a generation of violent apathetic and unremorseful adolescent delinquents Kappeler Blumberg Potter 2000 p175 Kappeler Blumberg and Potter refer to this topic in chapter nine Juvenile Superpredators Kappeler et al 2000 p175-195 of their text The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice The chapter first introduces the beliefs held by a majority of the population regarding youth crime and then goes on to refute those beliefs myths with fact The facts that Kappeler et al use to rebut the myths that there is a juvenile crime wave that youngsters are becoming more violent and that said youngsters are operating unrestrained in our communities and schools Kappeler et al 2000 p175 can also be applied to the article in the Hamilton Daily News New fear in the classroom Assault threats and even murder Nova Scotia schools have become a battleground by Peter McLaughlin 1996 The Article McLaughlin wistfully writes of a simpler time A generation ago McLaughlin 1996 when children were relatively well behaved and schoolyard scuffles were few He contrasts this picture with images of today where students are more likely to batter not only each other but also their teachers with no guilt or fear of sanction The article discusses the violence that present-day schools are supposedly entrenched in and the effects of this brutality on the teachers administrators parents and students specifically that they are Running scared McLaughlin 1996 It illustrates two incidents in which violence has caused disruptions in schools A Halifax cheerleader attacked because of disagreement over squad captain and a Sackville students alleged assault on his principle The Halifax case resulted in a severe concussion for the girl and eventual relocation out of the city The Sackville incident was reported because the
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