Emotional Ignorance Leads to Violence

Emotional Ignorance Leads to Violence

lil shmurda

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First off, it is important to define this term.  Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge, not a form of stupidity, as some people like to use the term when they’re trying to insult someone else or to psychologically hurt someone. This story focuses deeper on the problem. It all started on a Monday morning in April when a fight in  the North Middle School locker room ended very badly. A young 8th grader was stabbed upward on his back by another classmate who appeared at first to be fist fighting and then he took it to another level. Luckily their were staff members present before it could get any worse.


Is school violence increasing or decreasing?

I always seem to ask that question.  It is important to remember that just because it is not happening at your school does not mean it is not accruing at others. Each new school year the media presents increasing violence in America’s schools; most specifically violence in the form of “school shootings”, or “school stabbing”.  Just recently two D.C. schools were required to change to different dismissal times due to the habit of rival fights happening at the city bus stop.

Percentage of High School Students theatened or injured with a weapon on school property, Male: 7.7, Female: 6.1, Total: 6.9


 The continued presence of violent incidents and the widespread media coverage of each one might add to a sense that the numbers are increasing over time. As people try to figure out why violent incidents such as this stabbing are happening, many are quick to blame violent television shows, films, and video games.

What I always thought to myself is that as a society, how should we respond to the violence taking place in schools? How much can we control in our own school environment?  If the students are aware of executive functioning skills such as emotional control and response inhibition from their teachers and peers then progress can be made at a school level to eliminate violence from the hallways.