Essay Violence in Boys
A research study that claims that boys rejected by their peers will become aggressive.
This paper is based on the hypothesis that teenage males who are socially excluded in schools become more aggressive toward individuals and may become bullies. This paper provides a thorough study into this hypothesis using a literature review, methodology, questionnaire and measures to validate the argument. Statistics are also provided and examined. The limitations of the study are presented along with its findings.
“Ricky was a student that suffered with asthma. Often he had to use his inhaler to be able to breathe. Ricky was tormented by a group of male bullies. This group of boys who were continually would take his inhaler medication from him to play with it by spraying classmates or themselves. They essentially wasted the inhaler that was vital for Ricky. This went on until one cold day in December 1994. Ricky was found dead at school. He died of an asthma attack. His inhaler was found empty (Noll 2000). In the past research has shown a correlation between problems in the home and aggression in the adolescent. However, it has been overlooked that many children are daily abused by verbal and physical acts of violence in the schools. “Between 1979 and 1991, nearly 50,000 American children were killed by guns “more than the number of Americans killed in Vietnam in 25 years? (Webber 1997). Research shows that boys who are bullied during the elementary school years may become aggressive during the middle school or high school years. The number of violent acts in schools is continuing to grow. It is important to recognize why students are becoming more violent and to take measures in preventing these acts of violence. “Few schools take the necessary steps to screen routinely for students displaying risk for these behaviors, and interventions, when implemented are often less than effective” (Acker and Talbott 1999). More research should be done considering this topic to prevent further school violence.”