Violence and the threat of violence interfere with a positive learning environment. Violence never resolves conflict, and usually leads to more conflict. A violent environment breeds fear and retaliation. Violence can take many different forms including fighting, bullying, relationship violence, weapons on campus, and gang activity.
Relationship violence is when someone uses power or control to make a romantic partner feel hurt, scared, or humiliated. It is usually a pattern of this behavior that is used to get someone to do what another person wants. Love should not involve control, fear, or intimidation.
Why Speak out?
What to do?
All students are impacted when violence is tolerated at school. Witnesses to violence may live in fear of becoming a target.
Violence causes physical and emotional injuries. The victims of violence may be afraid to come forward. The witnesses of violence need to know that violence is not acceptable. The perpetrators of violence need to learn new ways to solve their problems.
You deserved a peaceful campus where you can focus on education and developing the skills you need to meet your goals in life.
If you know about violence or threats of violence at school, tell an adult you trust or contact Students Speaking Out.
Your voice can make a difference by creating an environment where violence is not tolerated and all students are safe to learn and grow.