“Our schools need to be safe havens for all students, and it is critical that we provide school leaders with tools and resources to help them become stronger partners in reducing teen dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence…
Like bullying, teen dating violence has far-reaching consequences for the health and life outcomes of victims.
S history was the Columbine High School Massacre of April 20 1999, which occurred at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.
The perpetrators, reportedly two senior students, murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher; injuring 21 additional people, after which the pair then committed suicide.
The World Health Organization defines violence as ‘’the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation’’.
From this definition, school violence could be described to be physical attacks between students or by students on school staff, which could occur on the way to or from school/school-sponsored events, on the school premises or at a school-sponsored event.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: How Does Teen Dating Violence Affect Our Schools?
Teen dating violence has serious consequences for victims and their schools.
Proving that school violence is indeed a global threat, the National School Safety Centre records one of the worst cases of school violence to have occurred in Beslan, Russia, in 2004, with 350 people killed, half of which were children.
Seeing that history has recorded many gruesome cases of school violence around the world, one can’t help but ask, “What are the causes of school violence?