School Violence Prevention – Attitudes
This is the one post that many people don’t want to read. Or if they do, they will simply say to themselves ‘I/we don’t do those things’. Unfortunately, those are the people that probably are the worst offenders and are courting a bloody disaster.
And it’s just as much the parents as well as school administrators that have these attitudes that cause school violence as the students. And I know the incredulous look you’re doing at your computer screen/phone. But hopefully, you’ll recognize your kid, or other parents (or yourself) as you read over these and take steps to prevent them. So, here are the most prevalent attitudes that will encourage a kid on the edge;
- NIH (not invented here)
- CHH (can’t happen here)or Ostrich syndrome
- Unequal enforcement of policies/procedures
- Perceived unequal treatment
- Authoritarian style of administration- it needs to be strict, but flexible
Those are for the kids, teachers, & administration, but what about the parents? There are several ways that parental attitudes can get into the violence act as well. And most parents will never realize it, mainly because of having CHH;
- Not My lil angel
- Helicopter parenting – let the kids fail and learn
- Denial of a problem, akin to not my lil angel
- Living in a Fantasy World- it has to be different ‘just for my kid/me’
- Continual excuses
How many parents do you see like this when taking your child to school? Or possibly at the PTA meetings or extra curricula events? If you look long and hard at yourself and others, I’m sure you can see it too.
Being realistic, all parents want the best for their kids in school. And we are ALL want the best for them and are willing to look past some minor imperfections and stand up for them. But sometimes, it blinds us to a larger issue that needs attention.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
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