Teen Violence

When I was growing up we had our punks, head bangers and preps. There was vandalism; kids skipped school, and there was violence. However, I think violence among today’s youth  is continuing to grow and it might even be worse than it was 20 years ago when I was a teen.

I think a majority of the youth  today, aged 10 to 19, have very little if any respect for adults. Today it is nothing for a  teen to use foul language towards an adult.

I was reading a new article that said ” Police are facing increasing violence and intimidation from teenagers who have no respect for the law.”

A series of parent workshops are being held to address teen violence in Indianapolis. A 14-year-old boy is appearing in a Vancouver, Canada court Tuesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of another teen. An awareness walk, was held on Saturday in Ottawa with a goal of preventing teen violence.

Last Boxing day a 15 year old girl was shopping with her parents when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout in Toronto.

“In 1998, about a third of all victims of violent crime were ages 12 to 19 and almost half of all victims of violence were under age 25. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice)”

In 2001, 5,486 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered-an average of 15 each day (CDC 2004).

During the last five years for which statistics are available, more youth (ages 12-24) died from gun violence than from motor vehicle injuries (CDC 2004).

In a nationwide survey, 17% of students reported carrying a weapon.

What are your thoughts on Teen Violence? Is it a growing problem?

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