An Essay On Youth Violence

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Youth Violence According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), youth violence is the third leading cause of death in young people aged from fifteen to twenty-four. When defining youth violence many want to say “with the use of guns” or “murder” but that is only a fraction of the nauseating truth. Youth violence is actually, as put by the CDC, “the involvement of young people hurting other peers and people who they may/may not know.” Violence of the youth includes fighting, bullying, threats, etc. With all of the social media sites accessible to young people, youth violence continues to be a growing crisis in the United States As youth violence continues to grow it is claiming many lives, such as Ken White. White was in his van traveling…show more content…
March 24, 1998 started out like any other day, but then the fire alarm rang out through the halls. Andrew Golden, age eleven, had pulled it. He then sprinted out to the woods behind his school to join his schoolmate, thirteen year old Mitchell Johnson. As their peers exited the school, the duo began firing. This didn’t last long as they were caught only a few moments later, but it was enough time for them to take the lives of five innocent people and injure ten others. Shannon Wright, a thirty-two year English teacher was shot while trying to shield her students from this horrific trauma. Two eleven year olds were killed, Natalie Brooks and Brittheny Varner, along with two twelve year olds Paige Ann Herring and Stephanie Johnson. When Golden and Johnson were caught it was discovered that they had at least two-hundred rounds of ammunition and thirteen firearms, fully loaded. The boys had also appeared to have stolen a van, inside the van were numerous hunting supplies. All the weapons were stolen from the Golden family’s arsenal. Since the boys were so young they were charged as delinquents and sent away to a reform institution, until they were eighteen. When the boys each turned eighteen and were released, the state of Arkansas decided that they wanted them locked up longer. The boys were sent to prison until they reached twenty-one, getting out in 2005 and 2007 free of any criminal

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