Simply put we would not need a School Safety Plan if there were not violence in our society. This is one word that I wish did not need to be defended against.
Unfortunately for us we need to be realistic and deal with the violence that occurs in communities. It is essential to be knowledgeable about potential harm that can occur in our schools. Addressing issues of violence is of the up most concern. Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe.
When I was a kid there were 3 television channels. The most violent thing I remember seeing on TV was the Road Runner dropping an anvil on Wild E Coyote. Today there are hundreds of channels for people to watch, and there is no limit to the amount of violence one can become exposed to visually. I believe that the constant exposure to scenes of horrific violence whether in be on TV, movies or video games, desensitizes the human mind and spirit. When this is done human traits of empathy, sympathy and kindness are replaced with anger, aggressiveness and violent behaviors.
How does this have to do with school safety? Children and adults are becoming desensitized to the violence that they have either viewed or played in video games. When kids come to school they act out their aggressive or violent behavior. Children are shaped by the environment in which they live.
When your child is watching something violent, or if you are watching violent movies, think about the impact it will have on their future. You might want to change the channel and find more uplifting entertainment.