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Violence among youth especially in inner city schools is one of Americas most pressing and controversial concerns Local studies indicate that youth violence is increasing In addition Americas youth like adults are now more frequently using guns instead of fist to settle their disputes While the public is ready to believe that school violence is definitely present some local leaders and school administrators are not willing to recognize that it is happening in front of their own eyes They think that people will boycott the communities their schools will be labeled unsafe and they will be blamed for failing to keep peace and order Gang activity at school is particularly susceptible to the Ostrich syndrome as many of the administration ignore the problem A big loss that occurs is that opportunities to help the youth and reduce violence are lost Finally there is sometimes a contradiction between school policies and school practice Many districts and schools have broad regulations for dealing with violence and the school enforcement may either be uneven or laidback This creates a situation where teachers do not feel supported when they necessitate discipline students do not feel protected and the delinquents will then think that he or she will not be punished On the other hand administrators express dismay that the teachers so not enforce policies in the classroom Despite these inconsistencies the government communities and schools have come up with many promising types of anti- violence approach and social and personal transformation focusing on discipline Most have originated in urban areas where youth violence was first identified The federal government has money set aside for after school programs focused on gang prevention and other recreational community activities Most of these activities are focused on breaking the cycle of violence The most effective proved to be the long-term family interventions involving religious and recreational organizations For example programs in parenting and family relationships especially those focused on non-violence and substance
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