(RepublicanReport.org) – Sadly, it looks like violence in schools might be on the rise. Every day, new footage of fights and assaults involving minors on school grounds surfaces on social media.
So, is there a reason for this worrying trend?
The Reasons Why Children Are Attacking Each Other
According to two experts who recently contributed a feature piece to The Federalist, there are several reasons why children may be becoming more violent toward one another. Will Flanders and Dan Lennington, who work with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, say several interrelated factors are to blame.
First, there are simmering social issues related to COVID-19 and the fact many children have been learning remotely over the last eighteen months. According to Flanders and Lennington, though violence was becoming more common before the pandemic, the trend became even more pronounced once we entered the era of lockdowns and movement restrictions.
This trend was reportedly especially evident in August of this year, as students in many areas returned to physical classrooms for the first time in many months. There were, for example, three times as many gun-related incidents in the three months between August and October this year than over the same period in 2019.
Might it be that students are simply struggling to socialize properly after isolating themselves from their peers for such a long time?
A Weakening of Discipline and Authority
While the pandemic has played a role, Flanders and Lennington speculate there’s more to the story. For example, schools have chipped away at their discipline policies steadily over the last number of years, partially in an attempt to address perceived disparities in how administrators hand out punishments between races.
For example, suspension rates have dropped considerably across the country in recent years, with districts attempting to reduce the differences in suspension rates between different races. However, student behavior has shown no apparent improvement in line with the drop-off in suspensions. Not only that, students appear to feel less safe in school now than they did when suspension rates were higher.
The decline of law and order on a broader, societal level might also be relevant. For example, since last summer, violent riots have become commonplace in cities across the United States. Is it possible these scenes have rubbed off on our young people, and they now see violent protest as acceptable? The increase in the number of student protests, along with the fact students now learn programs like “BLM at School” in the classroom, suggests this might be the case.
Is this an indication Liberal social policies are making our schools more violent?
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