It’s also important to consider the day and age in which we live.
“Another consideration in this environment is the self-radicalization of young people,” Moore notes.
In addition to these risk behaviors, Moore offers advice for staying vigilant.
“Signs that a student could be considering such an event could include sudden withdrawal from normal activities or a fixation on violence and historic reference to previous school shootings – in one case a shooter wanted to do ‘better’ than the two Columbine shooters,” he says.
The Centers for Disease Control found that 8 percent of all students had fought on school property in the previous 12 months.
Gang violence is perpetrated by a group of students who work together to intimidate or harm others – often without cause.Bullying doesn’t always take on the form of physical violence; perpetrators can also use embarrassing information or life details to control people.According to the governmental group Stop Bullying, approximately 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 have been bullied at least once.Violent acts can run the gamut from shoving to mass shootings, but often these early signs of aggression lead to more powerful incidents.While these statistics may seem overwhelming, there are many things that can be done to help troubled students and create a safer learning environment for all.Steve Schlozman is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.He has authored more than 45 publications, often focusing on the relationship of the humanities and popular culture to medical education and practice. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and the WBUR Common Health website, and he has written articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Psychology Today, Southwest Airlines’ magazine, Newsweek and The Guardian.She has published two popular history books and is currently working on her third, a biography.Mc Whirter holds a bachelor's in social entrepreneurship from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a master's in modern history from the University of York in York, United Kingdom. Violence is, sadly, a reality on thousands of K-12 campuses today in America.After stints in nonprofit management and government relations, she worked abroad in educational marketing.Mc Whirter returned to America in 2014 to combine her two passions: writing and education.