Students – Your Thoughts on School Violence?

We’re planning a series of interviews and discussions about violence in Baltimore schools beginning next week.

We’re planning a series of interviews and discussions about violence in Baltimore schools beginning next week. We’d like to invite everyone to share their thoughts and experiences on the topic, especially those involved in the school system as students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other school workers. We’d love to hear from as many students as possible, and set up interviews with interested students, so please pass this request along to any friends or family you have attending school in Baltimore. You can comment here, or if you’d like to reach us directly but not publicly, email

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Marc Steiner

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  1. Jennifer Palmer says:

    Reading through the Sun’s coverage of the assault on Jolita Berry, I saw no mention – by school representatives or by the education “experts” – of the school’s failure in its responsibility to create an aura of authority around and by the faculty. Authority is different from power – which schools seem to have abdicated as well by shying away from reporting and punishing violent crimes by students – in that authority involves persuasion of students that it is in their interest to respect teachers. This requires school administrators to back teachers and to offer clear, consistent consequences for unacceptable behavior, regardless of whether such behavior could be partially explained by home environment. (If that is the case, the school needs to provide an alternative to the home environment.) It also requires modelling of expected behavior. While I agree that in retrospect Ms. Berry could have handled the threat differently, I was appalled by principal Jean Ragin’s comment that Ms. Berry invited the attack with “triggering words.” I do agree that it is important to learn to read cues and de-escalate conflict, but the assumption that violence is a given is dangerous. Psychiatric residents are taught similar de-escalating techniques meant to be applied to ill, hospitalized patients. The expectation for students’ behavior in school should be far different. The de-escalation strategies proposed by the “experts” are essentailly strategies of harm reduction, an approach some of us in the medical profession view as therapeutic nihilism. In other words, as long as violent kids are expected to be violent, these behaviors will persist. Teachers will be forced to flee, and the vicious cycle will continue.

  2. MayaDude says:

    Violence in our school is rampant to those students in lower sections. I belong to the highest section in school with classmates who are busy reviewing lessons and joining school competitions.

    School violence often happens in an abandoned place in a certain school. That’s where students do their business according to friends of my brother who are members of a fraternity group. My brother wasn’t a member but he’s one friendly guy who are knows almost everyone in school.

    This school dilemma is caused by lack of discipline of students who often bring their family problems at school. According to psychology university dissertations I read, this should be dealt with accordingly by both school and the family of students involved in school violence.

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