What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Hayley Sherwood discusses what we know about individuals who commit violence in schools.

    Host: What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

    Dr. Hayley Sherwood: According to the American Psychological Association Help Center, any of these behaviors that occurs over a period of time could signal the potential for violence.

    A history of violent or aggressive behavior, serious alcohol or drug use, gang membership or a strong desire to be in a gang, access to or fascination with weapons especially guns, threatening others regularly, trouble controlling feelings like anger, withdrawal from friends and usual activities, feeling rejected or alone, having being a victim of bullying, poor school performance, a history of discipline problems or frequent run-ins with authority, feeling constantly disrespected, failing to acknowledge the rights of others.

    While none of these behaviors alone mean that a person will necessarily become violent, they might indicate that more attention needs to be paid to the causes of such behaviors in an individual. 1

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