If you missed our youth forum last week, on the topic of School Violence/Safety, you missed a great night of young people thinking and working together to make their schools safer! We had at least over 100 people in attendance, three media outlets, along with several elected officials, including three members from the school board and one school board candidate.
Youth participants heard from a panel of speakers, which included Kevis McGee (student at Fresno City College), Paige Mason (student at Edison High School), Mr. Chris Finley (teacher at Edison High School) and Carol Mills (Fresno Unified School District Individual Trustee). Speakers talked about the issue of school safety from their perspectives as students and educators.
Over 50 youth participants engaged in a live polling session using remote control clickers and answered various questions related to school safety. Among the results from the polling session, here are some interesting things we learned:
76% of the youth polled that evening felt that rumors and gossip causes fights, while only 15% felt that it was due to gangs, although many agreed that the two can be inter-related.
74% felt that bullying causes school violence, and 62% said they somewhat see bullying in their schools.
73% of youth polled agreed that school fights happen during lunch.
34% of the students we polled said they have been victims of school violence.
And 41% agreed that talking to other students and their peers would help them grieve if someone at their school were to die from a school violence incidence.
When we asked the question about what school officials can do to decrease the amount of school fights, 32%, the highest number, agreed that a solution is to keep kids busy doing other fun stuff, such as clubs, activities, and field trips.
Lastly, 86% of youth said they have witnessed a verbal fight between a student and teacher, and 40% said they have witnessed a physical fight between a student and teacher.
For more information, please click here to obtain a PDF copy of the report and recommendations from this forum.