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School violence has become a widespread problem within the last few years A 1996 Childrens Institute International Poll of American Adolescents revealed that 47 percent of all teens believed their schools were becoming more violent 10 percent feared being shot or hurt by classmates carrying weapons to schools and more than 20 percent were afraid to go to restrooms because these unsupervised areas were frequent sites of student victimization The US Department of Health and Human Sciences 2003 School violence is affecting children of all ages it is seen as early in kindergarten where children bring guns to school to scare other children they have been fighting with Toppo 2003 School violence has become commonplace in the United States For example just by watching the news alone one hears and sees incidences of school violence Highly publicized school shootings have created uncertainty about the safety and security of this countrys schools and generate fear that an attack might occur in any school in any community Vossekuil 2002 3 Because of this national attention the United States government began studies to determine the causes and effects of school violence The purpose of this research paper is to examine the impact school violence has on a students learning environment and to discover new safety strategies that can be implemented in schools This research paper will also focus on the factors that can cause a student to lash out as well as the effects of their behavior has on the students peers Causes of School Violence Contrary to popular belief school violence does not stem from gang-related incidents but rather from incidences of bullying Bullying is defined as exposing a person repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more students Coy 2001 The intention of bullying is to make the victim feel stressed and hurt The bully has power over the person they are bullying Bullying is a major cause of
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