Although the actual rate of serious youth violence appears to be decreasing, there are two types of violent behavior by teens that appear to be on the increase. First is the violence committed by girls, which is discussed in an earlier chapter. Second, are the mass killings that occur in or out of school by boys, sometimes acting alone and sometimes acting together with others. The shootings that occurred at Columbine High School in Englewood, Colorado in April 1999, described above, is a good example of how two teenage youth who committed such mayhem were able to escape detection and intervention by parents, school authorities, law enforcement, peers, and the community. It is difficult to understand how the massive amounts of ammunition, bombs, and even a video outlining violent plans, could not trigger concern on the part of adults who had to have known that this behavior is not normal for most teens. Only when we understand how to recognize both the clues our children give us and listen to what they actually tell us, will we be able to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening in the future. In this chapter we will examine the typical clues that we must look for and discuss some possible interventions to avoid further escalation of violent incidents.
KeywordsViolent Behavior Violent Youth School Violence Workplace Violence Dress Code
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