Violence school should be a safe place for students

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Violence School should be a safe place for students to learn and engage in fun, healthy activities. How does your school help ensure the safety of students and school personnel? 335 Lesson 2 Keeping Schools Safe What are some causes of conflict that lead to violence among high school students? How do you think violence affects the students involved? How does it affect others in the school community? Write a paragraph summarizing your views.
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Because any violence threat- ens the safety of everyone in the school community, national health goals have been set to reduce physical fighting and the carrying of weapons by adolescents on school property. In order to meet these goals, it’s impor- tant to look at factors that play a role in school violence. Three of these factors are bul- lying, sexual harassment, and involvement in gangs. Bullying Have you ever witnessed students teasing or taunting others? Perhaps you’ve seen a classmate shove another student or make offensive gestures at him or her. These activities are forms of the act of seeking power or attention through the psychological, emotional, or physical abuse of another person. Bullies come in all ages and both genders, and they sometimes act in groups. Bullying may cause victims to become depressed, withdrawn, fearful, or angry. Sometimes, victims may try to strike back. Bullying is harmful behavior. You can take a stand against bullying by not joining in and by showing your disapproval of this inconsiderate and unacceptable behavior. Bullies often try to cause anger or fear in their victims. By walk- ing away from a bully and encouraging others to walk away, you deny the bully this victory. In some instances, ignoring a bully can help stop the behavior. However, most cases of bullying require adult intervention. If you witness or experience bullying, report the problem to teachers, counselors, parents, or other adults. No one should tolerate bullying; witnesses can join together with school personnel to stop this behavior. Sexual Harassment is uninvited and unwelcome sexual conduct directed at another person. Words, jokes, gestures, or touching of a sexual nature are all forms of sexual harassment. Harassment is unethical and causes embarrassment, discomfort, and emotional pain for the victim. Federal law states that sexual harassment is ille- gal. Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported to school personnel at once. After a complaint has been made, school officials will investigate and take action to solve the problem. Sexual harassment bullying 336 Chapter 13 Violence Prevention S exual harassment occurs more frequently than many people realize. Behaviors that constitute sexual harassment include: making sexual comments or jokes. writing sexual messages on notes or walls.
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