School Safety And The Effects Of Violence

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Violence and the fear of violence can have serious implications in terms of performance, attendance, and reputation of a school. Violence causes negative side effects which can ruin the school atmosphere by disturbing concentration of teachers and students in there studies. Violence in school and the children who involve themselves with it cannot do well.  It can also end up ruining their futures. 

The students who participate in violent activities cause problems for their schoolmates. They involve themselves in bullying other students, causing victims of harassment to fear attending school, and hindering their fellow students’ future career prospects by creating an atmosphere that prevents them from concentrating on their class work. 

Violence in school also damages the reputations of schools. It therefore becomes very difficult for parents to enroll their children to such schools for the fear  their children may be involved in the violence or get hurt in it. A violent atmosphere is not conducive to  learning and academic success of a student. 

In order to improve the performance of schools and academic achievement of students, it seems clear that reducing or eliminating violence in the lives of children must be part of the solution. We know that hungry and malnourished children do not learn well.  This is also the case with children who fear, experience or witness violence in their homes, the community and their schools.

While schools alone cannot fix all of this, there are things that schools can do to address the climate: teaching and promoting healthy social and interpersonal skills, addressing bullying and conflict resolution, and developing relationships with other community resources for family outreach support, and mental health services. 

Schools, teachers and staff, and students and their families live with the serious consequences of violence and, in turn, must be an important part of the solution.   

Samuel Blakemore

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