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when 57 of violent crimes committed by juveniles occur on school days even though only about half of the days in a year are school days you know there is a problem Or maybe it is more visible with the knowledge that 25 of inner-city school students report carrying a weapon in school and 44 report carrying weapons out of school No one really needs statistics to see we have a problem You can watch any news program and hear others horror stories Our nations schools once a protected haven for learning and growth are no longer safe for teachers or sutdents in many of our nations communities From homicide and assalts to concealed crimes such as child sexual abuse vilence in schools affect everyone today the problem in our schools is firearms weapons substance abuse and gangs Many people equate school violence with large urban areas however violence has invaded suburban and rural schools as well Not only public schools but also private schools are also invaded Guns in schools have increased to the point that approximately one in four major school districts now use metal detectors to reduce the number of weapsons brought into schoosl by students In 1994 a study showed that almost one in thirteen high school students carried a gun to school The juvenile offenders are sometimes fellow students and other times non-student peers who threaten and attack students administrators and teachers Guns claimed the lives of 88 of the 15 to 19 year old homicede victimes in 1991 researchers attribute this high percentage to the increased use of guns instead of fists to settle arguments As of 1996 fifteen states California Floroida Connecticut Iowa Nevada New Jersey Virginia Wisconsin Hawaii Minnesota Maryland Nor Carolina Delaware Rhode Island and Texas have passed laws making adults who own guns criminally liable for shooting committed by children who have access to the weapons
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