"Being Down'": Challenging Violence in Urban Schools by Ronnie Casella

By Ronnie Casella

This e-book seems on the lives of teenagers and the violence that may be a day-by-day a part of their global in an city highschool. Being Down" stories institution violence comprehensively, linking college ethnography, coverage research, and concrete stories and encompassing urban politics, racism, policing, and systemic and monetary injustices in it’s all-too-real portrait of juvenile violence in American society. wealthy with discussion, this well timed quantity considers university violence in its many types, together with gun and weapon utilization, attack and harassment, bullying, combating, suicide, and hate crimes. as well as adolescence violence, the publication examines federal regulations and complaints that experience formed judicial and punitive responses to violence. Chapters conceal: 0 tolerance coverage; university self-discipline; city policing; neighborhood and faculty relatives; segregation and faculty inequities; substitute faculties and Boot Camps.

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The letter introduced a new zero-tolerance policy that was meant to combat school fighting. The letter read, in part: Dear Parents, With the increase of reported gang violence in our city, we want to assure you the [city] School District will take all necessary precautions to prevent the violence from entering our schools. Lately, how- 30 “Being Down” ever, the number of student fights in the high schools has been escalating, resulting in a disruption of the learning process. We have tried talking to students, warning them, placing them in the In-School Suspension Program, and suspending them for up to three days out of school.

Wanting to avoid the group, he stood at the other end of the cement wall by himself. He huddled against himself, cold and shamed, it seemed, trying to look inconspicuous. I told the teacher what had happened and he went over to talk to the student in the red T-shirt. The student told the teacher that “they were just being jerks” and did not want to pursue the issue. He too just wanted to get the false alarm over with. While this incident occurred in a crowded area and a teacher had attempted to attend to the problem, this is not always the case.

Also typical of this fight was that it was between girls. For Brandon High staff, and staff at other schools, there was concern and even shock regarding the number of girls who fought. ” While part of this concern reflects stereotypes that indicate that girls should not fight and therefore their fights are viewed more critically and noticed more readily than those involving boys, it is probable that girls are fighting physically and more brutally now than ever before (Artz, 1998; Sikes, 1997; Stein, 1995).

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