Youth Violence


In the book Toting a Gun for Tomorrow by Jonie Michel, a fictional world is created where it is an accepted fact that occurs, and where teens kill teens in large numbers. The main idea in this book is that changes need to be made in order to deter teen violence, and when these changes do not occur chaos erupts. Michel’s story does not just apply to the fictional world that she created; it also directly correlates with many problems occurring in American society. has become an important issue in today’s society, and many people looking for a way to downsize this teen violence surge. However, “as becomes more and more common many people are accepting the idea that ...

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to the Chicago Tribune, “There are three million crimes committed on school campuses every year. That's sixteen thousand crimes per day - one crime every six seconds.” Even more frightening is the fact that thirty-five percent of high school students in high crime areas report carrying a firearm regularly. Juvenile arrests accounted for thirteen percent of all violent crimes in 1996, and thirty percent of all juvenile homicide arrests occurred in just four cities: New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. “The number of juveniles arrested for non-traffic related offenses, in the past five years, has risen fifty-eight percent,” according to the afore-mentioned Chicago Tribune article. These statistics show a drastic increase in , and they show, quite clearly, how serious this problem truly is.
Due to this dramatic increase in many questions have arisen. Namely, who is accountable? And, mostly, no one is really sure. Many different groups have ...

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one out of every twenty high school students (4.4 percent) said they had missed at least one school day because they did not feel safe at or on the way to school. Younger, rather than older, students were more likely to miss a day because of fear for their safety. Nearly twelve percent of students (18 percent of boys and 5 percent of girls) reported carrying a weapon to school at least once during the thirty days preceding the survey, and seven percent said they had been threatened or injured with a weapon at school in the past year. Sixteen percent said they had been in a physical fight in the past year, and nearly one-third said they had property (books, clothing, or a vehicle) ...

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