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School (and Youth) Violence
Transcript of School (and Youth) Violence
directed by Gus Van Sant "All my rivals will see what I have in store...my gun..." “Monster”
by Walter Dean Myers
The story of mild-mannered Steve Harmon and his personal account of how his life descended out of control because of the people he chose to hang out with and his actions.
The story is told in epistolary form taken from Steve’s personal journals, and a screenplay that he is writing in his mind during his trial.
The story asks the age-old question about how far down does guilt trickle? If we do nothing to stop a situation are we just as guilty for letting it happen? It also forces the reader to look at the nature vs. nurture scenario that is discussed in a lot of literature. Does Steve choose to do what he does based on his upbringing or the crowd that he hangs around with? Myers, Walter Dean. "Monster." New York: Harper Tempest, 1999. Print. “Shooter”
by Walter Dean Myers
Leonard is a boy without many friends until he meets Cameron and Carla and the three form a clique of outsiders in their own school. Things begin to go awry when Cameron and Carla notice that Leonard begins acting strange and lashing out at fellow students. The warning signs are avoided and Leonard plots a school shooting.
A gripping first-hand account of a school shooting set in fictional Madison High School. This story is told through interviews, newspapers, reports, as well as a haunting journal of the shooter in question.
This epistolary novel reminds us that no matter how small a warning sign is, we must not take it lighly, and teaches students to let those in charge know if anything is out of the ordinary with their friends or their school. Could this have been avoided? Myers, Walter Dean. "Shooter." New york: Harper Tempest, 2004. Print. "Elephant." 2003. Diane Keaton, et. al. What causes students to act out?
Why would they do this? "Rival"
Pearl Jam Finding #1: Despite the common belief that students are generally outcasts who commit these heinous crimes, it is true that students can be very popular and have many friends; it is not always the “lone gunman” theory as depicted by many media outlets. Finding #2: The warning signs are there. It is important to look for red flags everywhere, specifically in the work that our students do in our class. We cannot always control what they do outside of class, but if there are tell-tale signs of conflict or threat, it is important to speak up and stop problems before they begin. Some of the tragedies could have been avoided if only the right people knew what was going on or in some cases looked further into information that was given to them How can we miss the warning signs? "One of the most difficult aspects of the Virginia Tech massacre was that the gunman had a known history of being mentally unstable and possibly dangerous, yet continued to attend the school as his condition only deteriorated and made him a bigger threat to himself and others."
-nssc1.org see full article: http://www.nssc1.org/virginia-tech-shootings.html -nssc1.org Dispelling the Myths Myth #1: School violence only happens among poorly educated children.
Truth: School violence affects children across all racial, social, economical and geographical boundaries. This means that your child is not safe from school violence just because they attend an expensive prep school or study abroad. Myth #2: School violence is caused by children who come from problem homes.
Truth: There are many instances when school violence erupts between children who are from stellar homes with parents who are highly educated and have provided their children with the best of everything. In other words, school violence is no indication of social class or lack thereof. Photo of Columbine shooters:
(from left) Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold Questions Considered: What causes students to commit these crimes?
What types of students do this?
How can these tragedies be avoided?
What happens to the survivors of these tragedies? Finding #3: Coping with these traumatic experiences can be a life-changing event. Even for students who took part in violent crimes where there were not homicides, there can be a lifetime of rejection and prejudice. For the victims who survive such tragedies, there can be a lack of trust in the system, and a lack of belief in humanity and the world around them. The actions that students undertake can have a negative effect on many (i.e. family, friends, community). Excerpts from "Shooter:" “Everything is ready. My room is clean. The mom person will be pleased. I have sent in my English assignment. It is a quarter past six, and I am having tea and toast for breakfast. The rats titter and squeak (219).” “And as for the smiling bit I have an alternate idea. I’ll use this book (red for Yule-mas) for my non-smiling list. List + enemy=smile? Nyet! Number 1 on the list is Brad Williams, a royal jerk (170).” “He announced that I wrote on the walls of the church as an act of rebellion and that I needed to channel my energy into positive activities (176).” “I tagged along to hear our fuzzy-faced Princienemy tell C that we should ignore the creatures from the Planet of the Apes. They are just expressing themselves (181).” “Spoke to guidance counselor without Cam today about getting harassed by the Mongrel Hordes. He said the Viking way of life meant that I should pick up my shield of maturity and deal with it. Don’t be a whiner he said (184).” Excerpts from "Monster:" “Steve: How’s mom doing?
Mr. Harmon: She’s struggling. It’s hard on all of us. I know it’s hard on you.
Steve: I’ll be ok.
Steve puts his head down and begins to weep. Mr. Harmon turns away, then reaches back and touches Steve’s hand. A guard crosses quickly and moves the father’s hand away from his son.
Mr. Harmon (with choking emotion): Steve. It’s going to be all right, son. It’s going to be all right. You’re going to be home again and it’s going to be all right.
The scene blurs and darkens. There is a sound of Steve’s father sobbing (114).” “I’ve never seen my father cry before. He wasn’t crying like I thought a man would cry. Everything was just pouring out of him and I hated to see his face. What did I do? What did I do (115)?” "Another School Shooting"
Tashaluv I am sitting here waiting for the phone to ring, scared for what the call might bring.
My heart is beating faster and harder, I know something's wrong or you would have called, or am i exaggerating what it might be, maybe you are stuck at work,maybe you had to go out of town quick, but i know that you would have told me.
I hear it ring and pick up the phone, the voice says on the other end.."Ms Baldwin?"
I here the somber in her voice and I start to cringe,"your husband is dead,shot by a kid who was all messed up in the head"
He was doing what he knew best, teaching,but this kid i guess he hadn't been reaching,the kid shot him once and then twice, to make sure that my husband paid the price.
This kid this monster killed my one and only, and will only get a slap on the hand, but what about my demands?
Another person shot for what some kid forgot, humanity. Columbine Survivors A Shooter's Mother Speaks Out For more information, go to: