Northwest NEWS

May 22, 2000


Letter from a young reader

   We have a huge problem in today's society. Youth violence is taking over in our schools. When you wake up in the morning, do you feel safe sending your children to school? Due to our past year's events, many parents hesitate when they kiss their son/daughter goodbye. We should not have to fear this.

   Once upon a time, schools were safe. During the 1960s and '70s, families never had to worry about sending their kids to school. You always knew that you would see them when you got home from work. Of course, every school had their bullies, but the thought of murder never crossed anyone's mind.

   Obviously, times have changed. Many schools have tight security systems, including metal detectors and campus cops. All of this to ensure the safety of our children.

   One of the leading causes of school violence is depression. It usually starts when kids get bullied around or made fun of by their peers at school. This causes them to slip into a depression and they think that a violent revenge will make them feel better.

   Our youth would not be made fun of by their peers if their peers would think before they said something. When you repeatedly call someone names, eventually they will start to believe it, and it hurts them. They then believe that by causing pain to others, their own will go away.

   We must put an end to this violence. To do so, we need to come together as a community and not tolerate harassment and maybe this will lead to less school violence. We need to teach kids at a young age to be tolerant of people who are different and they need to know that being different is not wrong.

   If kids and teens know this, then school violence may begin to come to an end. Maybe we will finally feel assured that when we send our children off to school, they will come back in one piece.

   Maybe one day, our schools will be a safe place for our children.

Courtney Green, Skyview Junior High School ninth-grader