Children spend an average of 180 days a year at school, and during a typical school day, they spend more of their time at school than at home. Parents assume that they’re sending their child somewhere safe to learn, but that isn’t always the case. School violence is a reality at many schools across the country, but it is also preventable. Teachers and school administrators need to do everything in their power to prevent school violence, and it starts with a few simple strategies.
While not all warning signs mean that a child will harm someone, taking note of them and addressing them early may prevent school violence from occurring later on. The way you address the warning signs will depend on the individual and the situation, and can include anger management training, mentoring, a change in the way the child is taught and family counseling. Realize that a child with the potential to become violent typically exhibits multiple warning signs, repeatedly and with greater intensity over time.
Bullying can also become violent as either the aggressor or victim can become agitated. Report school bullying every time it is noticed. No matter how minor it may seem at the time, it is likely part of a pattern that needs to be stopped.