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Breaking the Chains of ViolenceTo return violence for violence does nothing but intensify the existence of violence and evil in the universe Someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chains of violence and hate We live in a society that has seen a tremendous rise in juvenile violence over the past ten years Juvenile homicides are twice as common today as they were in the mid-1980s Begley 35 Forcible rapes by juveniles rose 28 between 1981 and 1990 while aggravated assaults jumped 57 Leone 61 Dare we have a dream that future generations will no longer experience the hate and violence we have in our present society In order for this to happen the causes of violent behavior in children must be recognized and steps must be taken to make sure this violence does not continue Violence is a learned behavior in children not an inherited one Violence is defined as a threatened or actual use of physical force against oneself or an individual or group that either results or is likely to result in injury or death Krantzler 1 Schoolyard shootings suicide and teen violence have become commonplace in Americas society today On March 24th 1998 a schoolyard shooting in Jonesburo left four girls and a teacher dead and ten others injured Two boys ages eleven and thirteen at the time are now serving time for the killings On April 20 1999 the deadliest school shooting in American history occurred in Littleton Colorado Two teenagers ages 17 and 18 killed 15 or 16 people before taking their own lives Craig Also alarming are the killings being committed by preschool and elementary age children a ten-year old who killed a nine-month old baby by kicking and hitting her with shoes and a basketball until she stopped crying a four-year old
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