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The sound of screams and cries ring out through the hallways of schools all across America.
Violent behavior in kids and teenagers has grown dramatically in over the past ten years. This can come from a number of many reasons.
Bullying can have a big impact on students mentally and physically health. Kids that are bullied are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety.
They are also at a greater risk of having a low GPA, this can also cause teenagers to skip school or even drop out. Some students might even commit suicide.
“In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.” says stopbullying.gov.
Having a mental illness is a condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels or even the behavior that they display.
Kids that suffer from such conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia are more likely to not function or relate to others around them.
“1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.” says the CDC.
Students ability to access weapons can be very dangerous. While not all school violence involves the use of weapons, the most severe attacks on school grounds are done using a weapon. Weapons can range any wear from a switchblade to a firearm.
“Over 5% of high school students indicated that they carried a gun in the past month, and is estimated that approximately one million children bring guns to school each year.”
youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2013.
Social media has a big impact in everyone’s lives today, especially in kids and teenagers.
Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter are just a few of the most widely used social media websites. All these sites contain a platform for bullying, and it also exposes kids to violent behavior.
“Violence in the media has been increasing and reaching proportions that are dangerous,” said Emanuel Tanay, MD, a retired Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University and a forensic psychiatrist for more than 50 years.
It is extremely easy to access violent entertainment, you can turn on the television and view very graphic fights and explosions.
Playing violent video games can increase the violent thoughts and behavior in kids.
Study has shown that “Television programs display 812 violent acts per hour; children’s programming, particularly cartoons, displays up to 20 violent acts hourly.” Eugene V Beresin, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training.