My final post

Well people, it looks like we have come to the end of our journey together. This will be my last post on this very interesting topic. I may end up writing more posts on different topics, but that is still up in the air.

Despite the fact that my blog was rather dark, I had a lot of fun writing this blog. I learned a lot of interesting things about teens that, despite my young age, I was previously unaware of. I was blind to the fact that, there are a lot of teens who are suffering, not just physically, but mentally as well. It touches my heart to see the kind of pain that violent teens inflict on others, as well as themselves.

There are many ways which cause a teen to become violent, but I have figured out one of the true reasons as to why teen violence has escalated to such a high degree. People have stopped caring. While I know this is not true for everyone, it is true for most people. When a person sees a teen with emotional problems, they turn a blind eye, thinking that it would be nosy to interfere.

When they ignore the teens crying out for help, the teens go on suffering until their anger escalades past the point of no return. They preform violent acts, become criminals and ruin their once promising lives. It pains me to think about what good they could have acomplished had someone taken time out of their busy schedule to help a teen in need.

I have learned a valuable lesson through all of this, that teen violence, while not always preventable, can be helped. While their are many triggers for violent behavior, but their are also many solutions. I hope you have enjoyed this blog, and that you learned something from it. This is serenarockbell, signing off.

Top ten most violent school shootings

We have talked about school shootings a little in previous posts, but now I wish to go into greater detail about how violent these shootings are. Following are ten of the most violent acts performed on school property in our country. Information found on Hanks Media and Listverse.

Number 10-

Aug. 28, 2000, a student by the name of James Easton Kelly dropped out after ten years of study and shot his professor, John Locke, and then shot himself.

Number 9-

Aug. 15, 1996, while defending his thesis, student Frederick Martin Davidson pulled out a handgun and killed three professors.

Number 8-

May 1999, an upset student named Thomas Solomon injured six of his fellow students at Heritage High School. He claimed he was depressed from a break-up.

Number 7-

Sept. 2, 2006, Douglas W. Pennington killed his two sons and himself on a college visit to Shepherd University.

Number 6-

Jan. 16, 2002, student Peter Odighizuwa, was dismissed from Virginia’s School of Law. Livid, he returned to the campus and killed the dean, as well as a professor and a student.

Number 5-

Oct. 28, 2002, A failing Robert Flores walked onto campus, armed with five guns, and shot three of his instructors.

Number 4-

February 2000, six-year-old Kayla Rolland was killed at Buell Elementary School by another six-year-old with a .32 caliber handgun.

Number 3-

April 16, 2007, A gunman kills 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech. His motives were never explained.

Number 2-

April 1999, 12 students and one teacher were killed and 23 others were wounded at Columbine High School by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, kids who were constantly bullied. They planned on killing 500 students and blowing up the school, but after one hour, they turned the guns on themselves. The Columbine shooting is one of the most well known of school shootings.

Number 1-

Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman pointed a rifle from the observation deck of the University of Texas at Austin’s tower and began shooting for 96 minutes. 16 students and teachers were killed, 31 were wounded.

As you can see, campus shootings are not just a recent phenomenon. In the 45 years since the first major campus shooting occurred, we have yet to effectively prevent another tragedy from taking place. There is no fool-proof method of identifying potential threats. We must be on guard, observant, attuned to those around us who may be sending warning signals of potential violence. Even then, we cannot predict how any one person may act on their emotions. 

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Opposing arguments: Does media violence put teens at risk?

Dexter

And now, a subject that is highly controversial, does media violence put teens at risk? Many people have strong opinions on the subject, so I am going to give you some opposing arguments, and let you create your own opinions. Supporting the argument that media violence puts teens at risk is the eHow parenting website.

The site’s author states many valid points including “when children and teenagers have a steady dose of violence through the TV, this may prompt them to imitate these violence acts. Teens are apt to emulate the behaviors of TV characters with whom they identify the most.” This causes the teen to want to mimic violence, because the character who acts violently often gets rewarded. This causes the teen to think that they will get rewarded as well, for preforming the same violent acts the character does.

Opposing this argument is Mike Males, author of The Scapegoat Generation: America’s War on Adolescents, who wrote this article in The Progressive. He also gives good facts, some of which are similar to that of the first argument, but with a new perspective. The article says that teens don’t copy their behavior from violent people depicted in the entertainment media, but from violent people in real life.

These two opposing articles show drastically different points of view, yet they both have some validity. Children do mimic behavior, whether it comes from the media or real life is uncertion. The media can harm teens who have never seen violence in real life, or the media can not effect someone who has seen worse things in real life. It all depends on the teen and their circumstances.

 The psychiatric community can run tests to see how teens as a group react to violence in the media. In the end, however, it all comes down to the parent who allows the child to see the violent media. Their choice can make a big difference in the life of their child.

So be careful parents, your actions can shape you child’s future.

Violent video game reviews

Now as we all have learned, violent video games are directly related to the increase of violence in teens, but how violent are these games anyway? What is in video games that makes teens more violent? Join me, as I play through some of the most well known violent games, and will share my reviews of each game.

mortal kombat

Ah, the ever popular Mortal Kombat. A game series  focused on humiliating your enemy in a senseless bloodbath, and the ninth one is no exeption. The game is filled with blood, decapitation, disembowelling, and a new feature called x ray mode, where the player can see the opponent’s bones and organs reacting to the fatal moves the player attacks them with. The bone crunching sounds were enough to make me want to cringe and look away. This newfound method of brutality shocks even some of the people I played with, however, I was the only one who seemed horrified by the new mode. However, I assume that after playing Mortal Kombat many times before, you become used to this kind of violence.

Score of violence out of ten: 8 1/2

 dead space

I will be the first to admit that I have become somewhat fond of the Dead Space series, not for the endless dismemberments, but for the plot in general. It keeps you on your toes throughout most of the game, which, violence or not, is a sign of a good game. I will admit, the use of violence is significant in this game. From countless dismemberments to stopping violently on you dead bodies to gain items. the Dead Space franchise is indeed violent, but not nearly on the same level as Mortal Kombat. The violence, in my mind, is somewhat offset by the brilliant plot and the suspensefull tone of the game.

Score: 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Theft Auto

And last, but not least, the Grand Theft Auto series. This game is not just the normal type of violence found in the other two games. You aren’t killing bad guys or even people that are threating you. You are the bad guy, and you kill many innocent people for no reason whatsoever. The goal is to become as rich, powerful and soulless as humanly possible. It idolizes the idea that if you kill everyone, even innocent and kind people, you can be the most powerful person in the city. This game offended me more than any of the others, because of the blatent lack of morals. At least in Mortal Kombat, you were fighting against someone that would kill you if you gave up. This game is all around terrible. The blood and guts might not be as dramatic as the others, but it is definitely more offensive.

Score: 9 1/2

 And to wrap things up, here is a clip on a interesting view of violence in video games

Teens and video games

How to help violent teens

 So we know now how to tell if a teen has violent tendencies, but what should you do now? If you are a fellow teen, you should talk to their parents or a trusted adult who knows that student. They can help in dealing with the teen, and probably have better solutions than a fellow teen would.

 If you are a parent of a troubled teen, there are helpful tips that will get your teen the help they deserve. Firstly, take them to their doctor so that they can test for chemical problems. If no answer is given, have the teen see a psychiatrist so that they can give them emotional tests.

Build up your relationship with the teen. They won’t tell you what they are feeling if they do not have a strong relationship with them.

 Get counseling, not just for the teen, but for the family as well. Most likely the family dynamic has broken down since the teen’s violent behavior started, and it will do the family good. You should also keep a sense of order in the house, don’t allow the teen to push you around. Doing so will just make the teen believe that they can get whatever they want by intimidation.

Most of all, never give up on the teen. Show them you love them. They will need your support to get through this troubling time.  This can be very stressful, confusing, and draining times in the family, but you must stick with it. Doing these steps at the first signs of out of control violence will help the teen, both in the short and long run. Your teen will thank you.

I hope this helps people to better understand how to cope with violent teens. They should not be ostracized for acting out. They are human beings too, and deserve to be able to get help.

 

Doctors can help diagnose your teens emotional state

Doctors can help diagnose your teens emotional state

Into the mind of a troubled teen…

The human brain

The mind of the teen is fragile and easily influenced. When a teen is under extreme duress, they have the potential to express their emotions in violent ways. In an article from The New York Times about children and violence, the author gives an example of how tragedy in childhood led to one teen’s violent behavior.

Nine people died as a bright but troubled boy, coming to grips with culture and life, lashed out. His father committed suicide and his mother died in an accident. He shared his anguish and anger with a great many people online and face to face, before he began his rampage of death. Amazingly, this terrible event barely made the news, nor did it draw the attention of national leaders, as in the distant days of Columbine High School, when such violence captured America’s attention for some years, and was seen as a symptom of a serious problem growing to epidemic proportions. Now it seems that violence among children has been crowded out by daily stories about war, morality, politics, and baseball. But this is real daily life for many adolescents in America. This is not new.

When the shooting at Columbine High School took place, it captured national attention. There was much discussion about the motives of the two teen shooters. It was discovered that they had been outcasts in school, and were constantly bullied. The warning signs were there, but they were not addressed.

Since that time, other school shootings such as the one at Red Lake High School have occured. However, these events did not receive as much attention as Columbine, because our culture has become desensitized to the warning signs of a teen in distress.

Warning signs may include-

  • angry online posts
  • bullying
  • slipping in grades
  • anti-social
  • other abnormal behavior
  • not eating/sleeping

The teen may not address others about their problems, so it is the job of those around them, both teen and adult, to watch for the warning signs and seek the advice of a professional. It could save lives.

The facts

We have established that there has been an increase in violence over the years, but what are the causes?  In a study done by the Zur Institute several causes were identified.

One of the reasons is the increase in violence on TV. “The TV influences behavior and attitudes among children who watch it.” Before a teen reaches the age of 15, they have “witnessed at least 8,000 murders and more than 100,000 acts of violence” on television. This causes them to develop a more aggressive personality than before.

Another important and well known cause is teens playing increasingly violent video games. It has been proven that “video games, in the hands of children, serve as murder simulators.”

In a school shooting case, a fourteen-year-old child, who had never fired a real gun before, killed several people by shooting them in the head. He would never have had the skill, nor the will to kill people if it had not been for the violent video games he had been playing.

“One of the main reasons that children become violent is because they are exposed to violence in their own homes.” Whether it is through violence toward the children, or a total neglect of the child, this treatment can cause the child to become violent or even self-destructive. When violence is displayed to a child at such a young age, it changes their way of thinking.

“The misuse of power through violent action is taught through and supported by our culture. America is one of the most violent cultures in the Western world with more crimes being committed” using violence than many other countries. We show teens that through violence, they can gain power, and almost anything else they want.

We have covered a lot of causes of the increase in teen violence, and now, hopefully, we can further understand the issue of teen violence. In the next few posts, we will continue to delve further into the mind of the teen, and discover even more about this subject.

The columbine school shooting

The columbine school shooting

Welcome to the “new and improved” world

The "ideal" family, where community and values were of great importance.

The "ideal" family, where community and values were of great importance.

Welcome to my blog! For a long time now, I have wondered about the increase in teen violence, and a blog seemed to be a perfect place to report my findings. What causes teen violence? What happened to the innocence that teenagers used to have, where the most terrible thing you could do was to stay out passed curfew?

Teens were famous for being moody, obnoxious, and lazy. In today’s society, however, teens are becoming better known for being angry, violent, and downright destructive.

Nowadays, more and more teens are getting involved in gangs, theft, vandalism, and even murder.

Back in the 1950′s, people could leave your car door, or even your home, unlocked, without fear of being robbed. There was a sense of community, because everybody knew one another. There was never any fear of getting hurt or even killed by strangers. There were few accounts of teen violence because teens considered everybody in the community a part of their family, and would not hurt them.

Nowadays, teens aren’t allowed out after dark, and some schools even have metal detectors to prevent school shootings. What has happened to the feeling of safety in our community?

I myself, being of a younger age, have seen this sort of violence first hand. I have seen countless accounts of bullying, robberies, and even assaults. The effects of which are harmful to everyone involved.

When the teen commits a crime, the ones who suffer are not only the victims, but the parents of the teen as well, and while the teen may not see it now, they are harming themselves as well.

Every aggressive incident, from bullying to arson, is rapidly increasing. There must be a cause for this. Some parents blame it on violent video games, others on violent movies and shows that are being exposed to kids at such a young age. But is this the only cause?

Together, we will explore the depths of the human mind, and what causes a teen to become not a care-free teen, but something else altogether…