School violence: What is causing anger in teens?

March 19, 2001

School violence: What is causing anger in teens?

School violence. The topic has been examined by politicians, the media and the public. But the problem still exists.


What causes teenagers to want to kill their peers?

Could it be the music with violent lyrics or the movies where the hero kills the villain and then gets the girl? Or could it be the lack of parental supervision? Or maybe it is the bloody video and computer games kids play?

Maybe the reason was the pain the shooters were holding inside.

After the Santana High School shooting in Santee, Calif., on March 5, students being interviewed said the accused shooter, Andy Williams, was small and picked on a lot.

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the shooters at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were known as outcasts and were bullied almost every day at school. Other students who gunned down their classmates were labeled misfits by their peers.


Could this internal pain cause teenagers to bring external pain to others?

The answer could possibly be "yes."

The shootings were wrong, but so is bullying.

Maybe if the shooters were not picked on, they wouldn't want revenge in the worst possible way.

In schools, there is always at least one person who is taunted and mocked because he or she is different. I have seen it happen in my school.

Before we have the bullying stopped in school, we need to remove it from our homes. Children are told not to tease others, but then see their parents insulting co-workers, neighbors, family members or each other.

Adults and children need to realize that being different isn't wrong.

Being different is what makes the human race so remarkable. People shouldn't be criticized because they are too big or too small, a different skin color, have trouble learning, or are physically deformed or handicapped.

Maybe if the bullying decreases, so would the senseless acts of violence in America's school systems.

Heather Irvin is a sophomore at Clear Spring High School. Send e-mail to her at

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