Friday, March 20, 2009

Violence Warning Signs!

The National School Safety Center says that while there's no sure way to know if a person is potentially dangerous, this list provides a good starting point

Has a history of tantrums and uncontrollable angry outbursts.

 Characteristically resorts to name calling, cursing or abusive language.

 Habitually makes violent threats when angry.

 Has previously brought a weapon to school.

 Has a background of serious disciplinary problems at school and in the community.

 Has a background of drug, alcohol or other substance abuse or dependency.

 Is on the fringe of his/her peer group with few or no close friends.

 Is preoccupied with weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices.

 Has previously been truant, suspended or expelled from school.

 Displays cruelty to animals.

 Has little or no supervision and support from parents or a caring adult.

 Has witnessed or been a victim of abuse or neglect in the home.

 Has been bullied and/or bullies or intimidates peers or younger children.

 Tends to blame others for difficulties and problems s/he causes her/himself.

 Consistently prefers TV shows, movies or music expressing violent themes and acts.

 Prefers reading materials dealing with violent themes, rituals and abuse.

 Reflects anger, frustration and the dark side of life in essays or writing projects.

 Is involved with a gang or an antisocial group on the fringe of peer acceptance.

 Is often depressed and/or has significant mood swings.

 Has threatened or attempted suicide