There is excessive violence in society, and it is escalating, as evidence by music, TV, movies, videos, and in schools. How has music and society made people more violent? Violence is everywhere, and some people realize it. Teens are around violence everyday. It’s found in school, the music they listen to and the movies they watch. After kids come home from a school with violence in it, then they go home and play video games with guys chopping other peoples head off, which is very violent. Parents don’t realize what their children listen to.
A lot of kids listen to gangster rap. Lyrics from gangster rap contain horrible things like: drugs, sexual abuse, anti social behavior, calling women, or referring to them as “bitches” and whores. (Webb A1+) There are people that study teens who worship gangster rapers. Tempe Psychologist, Susan C. Olson is disturbed by young people who like gangster rapers. “Here you have somebody giving kids permission to rebel against all the rules telling them that to be cool, you’ve go to do damage. (Webb A1+) As a result kids today are getting into a lot of trouble with drive by shootings.
Another person that’s been around violence is Sgt. John Meza of the Mesa Arizona Police Department’s gang Unit who leads seminars about gangs, We’ve debriefed kids who were involved in drive by shootings and discovered that playing gangster rap before the ride was part of the ritual. It got them pumped up and gave them then nerve to shoot. (Webb A1+) Teens admit to rap making people Violent, make them want to fight. An eight year old gangster rapier said, ” I like the way rap tells it. He admits that rapiers make people act violent.
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(Webb A1+) How attached to rap or, how much you can so-called listen to the words? How can you get so involved with it, for it to make you go out and shoot someone? A sixteen year old girl named Shwana Suiter of Mesa Arizona, she said, “I like doing it and I like listening to it. I used to listen to my rap albums, argue with my mom, then go out and get in fights. So yeah, I’d say the music influences people. It makes you think, It pumps you up, gets you ready to fight.” (Webb A1+) Rap music gets teens to do crazy things. Even most serious things like killing someone and using drugs. Violent messages such as death, and drugs has an effect on how you act.
It portrays so much killing and death that in the end, it lessons the impact of death and actually gives kids reasons to kill. (Webb A1+)Teens like rap because of the beat, bass of the music. “Sure I like gangster rap, everybody I know likes it,” said Veronica Rodrigues, a seventeen year old, from Chandler. “We like the beat, and especially the bass. As for all those lyrics go, you hear them, but you don’t pay attention all the time.” (Webb A1+) In movies, TV shows, and video games, there is excessive violence. It’s becoming a way of life (Lawrence 6-14) In the first forty minuets of the movie Terminator II, there was about forty acts of violence.
(Terminator) Some of these acts include being burnt with a cigar hit with bat, breaking arms, and the stabbing of the frostier parents in the head. Arnold Shwgrzenegger in the lead role did a lot of damage such as throwing two guys through a window, shooting a guard at the gate in the leg; shooting the other terminator. (Terminator) It might be hard to believe but there is violence in cartoon shows. In a seven minute cartoon, “Gee Whizz, there were 33 acts of violence viewed? Wile E. Coyote is hit by a car, he is also blow up with dynamite. (Stars) There are several gunshots and a boulder crushes Coyote. (Stars)”Gee Whizz” isn’t the only TV show with violence. In the cartoon MTV’s “Beavis and Butt Head”, they torture animals, they harassed girls, sniff paint thinner, commit credit card fraud.
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The also set things on fire, shop lifts and steals cars. (Lawrence) Video games are something that has a lot of violence especially fighting games. In the game “Mortal Kombat” players commit violent acts using paddles and joysticks: “playersslap, kick and even burn each other. Sound effects include grunts, screams and a death rattlethe winner murders the loser by ripping out his beating heart or tearing his head off then hoisting it aloft with bloody spinal cord, still dangling (Lawrence 7) Kids and parents don’t realize how much people, mostly kids watch TV. Children sit in front of the tube for an average of seventeen hours a week, watching depictions of remorseless murder and mayhem. The average young television viewer will see over twenty-five thousands murders. (Lawrence 6-14) Teenagers spend most of their time in school. They’re in school seven hours a day sometimes more time in a classroom and school atmosphere.
Schools aren’t as safe as they used to be. There are fights, drugs being sold. The national CDC (Centers for Disease Control) took a survey. This is and example of the shocking violence, in schools, one out of five high school students carries a weapon at least once a month for self-protection or to use in fights. (Glazer) The CDC also came up with some shocking statistics. An incredible 65% of schools associated violent deaths were students.
(Facts) the teachers associated with violent death, are 11% were they and other staff members, and 23% were community members who were killed on school property (Facts 1).
The CDC also took a survey on how many kids carry weapons. In high school 7.6% them carry a District’s 91% have written policy prohibiting student violence and 80.3% have a policy that specifically address weapons Poisson and use among students. (Fact 2) Teens think that by carrying a gun they’re safer. They think that they need it to protect themselves. The CDC said that 10% of participants had recently carried a gun.
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There was a great concern about exposure to violence in schools and neiborhoods. (Facts 3) Kids are carry guns more and more. The education and justice Departments compare information from 1989 to 1995, it states that the percentage of students reporting gangs at school nearly doubled to 28%. Students say 13% say they know whom brings guns to school along with their books. (Violent) Drugs are all over to prove it the justice department says “65% of students say they can buy drugs at school.(Violent) The government survey shows that crime in students between the ages of 12-19, is rising rapidly. (Violent) These kids come home with their report cards, and their kids failed math, and the parents don’t blame the kid they blame the teacher.
A 6’8 guy named Robinson from Boston attacked a teacher; the teacher Antonio Centio gave his daughter an eighteen year old a D minus in math. Her father got angry and attacked the teacher in the hallway. Leonard the schools head master saw the hole thing, Robinson pleaded not guilty and got away free. Serious violent crimes are on the rise. The National Center for Education statistics said 10% of schools report serious violent crimes, like rape, suicide robbery, physical attacks, and fights with a weapon. (Violence) Too prove the schools are violent.
In a shooting in Arkansas four students and one teacher were dead. Children’s Defense found, that every day thirteen kids under twenty are killed. (Violence) There are shootings all over the Country. In a school in Ohio, a twelve-year-old shot a twenty two-caliber gun during lunch, hitting another student. (Glazer).
Also in California two boys ages eight to ten, held up a teacher with a gun. (Glazer) Two kids got a nine miller meter that they stashed at on the kid’s house.
They were annoyed at a carload of teens that were taught them. Joseph snatched the gun from, friend Denis whose finger was on the trigger. Then tragically the bullet put a hole through Joseph’s Many teenagers use weapons when their parents aren’t home and some times get hurt. (Piloto 1A+) More shooting in California two boys robbed a teacher at gun point, leading to the school officials not working after school hours. (Glazer 787) There is a lot of violence in our community and it is rising as evidence by things that teens do, go to, and watch. What are kids going home to if now they go home to drugs and violence. If violence over all doesnt stop getting greater then this country will be in total choas. Teen violence is rising dramatically at this pace with the destruction how will it be in ten years. Parents should be more aware of what there kids do, watch, and listen to.
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