Violent Extremism in Schools

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Contents

Introduction. 2

The Concerning Issues Involved in Public Prevention of Violent Extremism in Schools. 2

The Warning Behavioral Signs Preempting School Shootings and H Their manifestation in Different Settings  3

The Problem of Campus Attacks, and Current Governmental Mitigation Strategies. 3

Gun Control: Is It a Solution to the Problem of School Violence?. 4

Conclusion. 4

References. 5

Introduction

Violent extremism has become a major problem in schools. The resulting challenges range from recruitment of students to the targeting of children with radical ideologies through online platforms. It is imperative for school administrators and other stakeholders to be on the lookout for signs of extremist behavior that may lead to catastrophic consequences such as school shootings. Fortunately, the government has increased security measures to address this problem. Meanwhile, the efforts being taken should be redoubled to strengthen security. For instance, gun control laws should be strengthened to include the prohibition of gun possession by everyone except law enforcement officers in or near schools.

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The Concerning Issues Involved in Public Prevention of Violent Extremism in Schools

            It is of significant concern that students in many schools are being recruited by extremists and end up in different workplaces and residential places. For that reason, if nothing is done to prevent extremism, society may be full of extremist elements in the future. The rate at which radical ideologies are spreading in schools is also worrying, yet high schools have not shown great concern in teaching students about the catalysts of violence. It raises concerns that some parents and guardians restrict the association between high schools and extremism only to those that have been mention during extremism-related events, with the assumption being that such issues do not exist in their institutions (Juvonen, 2001). This is despite the emerging trends in which extremism is easily camouflaged among young people in institutions of learning.

The Warning Behavioral Signs Preempting School Shootings and H Their manifestation in Different Settings

Being obsessed with guns is one of the warning behavioral signs preempting school shootings as manifested in home settings. A teenager may keep demanding for more and more guns from parents without expressing their intended use. Most of them also tend to portray explosively irate behavior at home. In some cases, they may be found in possession of bomb-making materials in addition to gaining interest for guns. In online, the contexts, the behavior may include posting images and statements centered on guns, bombings, and expressing the desire to kill people. Some teenagers who end up perpetuating shootings have even been found to have posted photos of themselves posing with guns in preparation for the attacks (Langman, 2012). Others may have been so obsessed with school shootings to the point of choosing this topic whenever they get an opportunity as part of their academic projects. These projects may be used as reference material to guide them on how to make the mission successful.

The Problem of Campus Attacks, and Current Governmental Mitigation Strategies

            Mass shootings in campuses have become more serious and prevalent than ever before. In April 2007, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University carried out what is considered one of the worst school shootings in history. Currently, the government has increased security measures in campuses by ensuring that everyone entering is checked by security officers at the gate.

Gun Control: Is It a Solution to the Problem of School Violence?

            Gun control entails checking on personal history, mental status, and age before giving gun licenses to individuals. However, it does not include restrictions against gun possession and uses in universities, colleges, and high schools. Gun control that does not prohibit staff members working in schools and students from owning and possessing guns would not be helpful (The Pew Research Center for the People & Press, 2013). However, the government can come up with regulations that prohibit guns in schools altogether except the ones possessed and used by security officers.

Conclusion

            In conclusion, policymakers need to come up with better measures of curbing and preventing shootings in schools. Administrators of institutions of learning must develop enhanced academic syllabi and instructions to guide both students and staff members on how to identify extremist behavior and the best action to take. At the same time, the new measures must make it illegal for anyone, except a security officer, to possess or use a gun inside or near schools and higher institutions of learning.

References

Drysdale, D. A. (2010). Campus attacks: Targeted violence affecting institutions of higher education. Washington, DC: DIANE Publishing.

Juvonen, J. (2001). School violence: Prevalence, fears, and prevention. Rand Corp Santa Monica CA.

Langman, P. (2012). School Shooters: The Warning Signs. Forensic Digest.

Office of Partner Engagement, Federal Bureau of Investigations (2016). Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools.

The Pew Research Center for the People & Press, (2013). In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support.

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