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The problem of violence in schools today is a major concern Crime in and around schools threatens the well being of students as well as the school staff and the surrounding communities It also holds back learning and student achievement The problem is more defined in the public school system than in catholic schools Catholic schools seem to express a better-rounded teaching environment Most catholic schools have less tolerance than they do in public schools It is said that the wearing of a uniform helps to keep more peace in the school The students do not get made fun of for not wearing brand name clothing The laughing and making fun of the other students is what contributes to low self-esteem which one of the traits for a student who is likely to bring violence into school More than half of US public schools have reported at least one crime incident in 1997 Also one in ten schools reported at least one serious violent crime during this school year Ten percent of all public schools had experienced one or more serious violent crimes eg murder rape suicide sexual battery and physical attack of fighting with a weapon or robbery reported to police or other law enforcement during 1997 Crime and violence seem to be more of a problem in middle and high schools than in elementary schools In 1997 forty-five percent of elementary schools reported one or more acts of violence Seventy-four percent of middle schools and seventy-five percent of high schools had reported incidents of violence One of the goals of the National Education Goals states that by the year 2000 all schools in America will be free of drugs and violence and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and offer a disciplined environment that is conducive to learning This goal has obviously not yet been reached but there still is some time left for them to reach this goal The crimes
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