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spreading sexual rumors. spying on someone dressing or showering. pulling off someone’s clothes. exposing body parts. inappropriate touching. Bullies use words and physical force to seek power or attention. What are some ways you can let bullies know that you don’t approve of their actions?
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337 Lesson 2 Keeping Schools Safe W ARNING S IGNS OF V IOLENCE Has difficulty controlling anger Disobeys school rules Frequently engages in risk behaviors Creates violent artwork or writing Constantly talks about weapons or violence Vandalizes and destroys property Uses alcohol or other drugs Harms animals Makes threats or detailed plans to hurt others Brings or talks about bringing a weapon to school Gangs Some violence in schools is related to gang activity. A is a group of people who associate with one another to take part in criminal activity. Common gang activities include vandalism, rob- bery, defacing public property with graffiti, and selling drugs. Some gang activities are unpre- dictable and place innocent people in harm’s way. Random shootings, for example, can injure or kill non–gang members. Gang members may bring weapons or drugs to school, endangering the safety of other students. Reducing the Risk of Violence tudents and faculty have the right to feel S safe at school. Being worried about personal safety in the school environment hinders the teaching and learning process. Keeping schools safe is a priority shared by communities across the nation. Recognizing Warning Signs Being able to recognize the warning signs of violence can help members of a school community address potentially threatening situations before they occur. Figure 13.2 lists some common warning signs of violence. Evidence of these signs may indicate that a person is near to acting in a dangerous manner. If you observe any of these signs in a student and suspect that he or she may become violent, inform a teacher, counselor, or other faculty member immediately. gang You can help keep your school safe by reporting any behaviors that may lead to violence. What other actions can you take to contribute to school safety?
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What You Can Do Making your school safe begins with building a culture of respect among all students and faculty members. You are empowered to contribute to a safe and healthy school environment. Nationwide, teens are pledging to avoid violence and are encouraging their peers to do the same. To take a stand and help keep schools safe, you can apply these strategies: refuse to carry weapons and report people who do carry them. report any violent acts or threats of violence to school authorities or police. practice conflict-resolution skills and help others settle disputes peacefully.
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