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By Ronnie Casella

This booklet appears on the lives of youngsters and the violence that may be a day-by-day a part of their international in an city highschool. Being Down" reviews college violence comprehensively, linking university ethnography, coverage research, and concrete reports and encompassing urban politics, racism, policing, and systemic and monetary injustices in it’s all-too-real portrait of sweet sixteen violence in American society. wealthy with discussion, this well timed quantity considers tuition violence in its many kinds, together with gun and weapon utilization, attack and harassment, bullying, struggling with, suicide, and hate crimes. as well as early life violence, the booklet examines federal rules and proceedings that experience formed judicial and punitive responses to violence. Chapters hide: 0 tolerance coverage; tuition self-discipline; city policing; group and faculty family; segregation and faculty inequities; replacement faculties and Boot Camps.

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The girl is surprised, looks angry but does not protest, and tells the boy (whom she knows by name) that she will get him back. All of this takes about 5 seconds, then both leave in separate directions and go to their classes. The time needed to unravel this episode is more than most school staff have, and the questions that must be asked go beyond what most policy can deal with. Was this action a form of sexual harassment? Was it racially 18 “Being Down” motivated? Does a thumbtack constitute a weapon, so will the boy be expelled?

60). And yet, some of these academically and socially successful students also went through their school days in ways that could be violent: Even some of the best students were at times bullies, individuals who harassed girls, who made threats or demonstrated prejudices. ” Though largely ignored by social policy, these too are forms of violence that are committed by a range of students and can escalate into more overt kinds of attacks. Consider a single incident that I saw at Brandon High. A white student takes down a thumbtack from a bulletin board near the main office and gently sticks the buttocks of a black girl who is passing by.

Hence, there is fear and embarrassment for students who would rather keep their mouths shut than make a complaint that could draw attention and perhaps ridicule—this may have been the case with the boy who was bullied during the false alarm. A counselor at Brandon High thought that sexual harassment and attacks were the least reported form of violence that occurred in the school. ” There was also the belief among some students and administrators that these forms of violence were not really “violent”—or, at the very least, were not serious enough to report (see also Waldner-Haugrud, 1995).

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