Violence: Children Who Own The Streets


There are many problems facing today\'s society. One of the problems is
the violent condition that surrounds the lives of children in America. We are
awarded of the violence among our juveniles because we read, hear and see it.
The newspapers, magazines, news media, and our neighborhoods testify the living
proof of the chaos. Everyone tries to find explanations of the causes and
consequences of street violence and other aspects of the turbulent lives of
young people. Yet, the problem facing our juveniles will not be solved over
night. But that\'s not a reason enough to ignore the problem. It will only
make matters worse and keep on doubling through the years. It is our duty as
citizens, friends and family to start trying to make that difference. It is
frustrating to know that violence among the children of America is increasing in
many aspects. The crimes are starting to vary. It\'s not like in the past,
where kids only stole candies or disobeyed curfew laws. Now children steal,
murder, rape and use drugs. This is not the America that we knew, this is a
battle. What can we do to influence these kids to stay off trouble? First of
all, we have to realize this is a very serious problems. And it has to be
stopped. The second step is to figure out what causes children to be violent
and become juvenile delinquents. This negative attitude causes them to lead a
life of delinquency and a life isolated from society\'s idealistic world. When
we ask these question, many others come in mind. Does these problems begin in
the family? Are parents good role models or are they condoning the violence? How
can we prevent parents from destroying the minds and future of these children?
If we try to deny a teen who seeks help, they will only turn to the streets,
drugs, and gangs. When they turn rebellious they will commit crimes, minor or
major. Juvenile violence is a problem, it leads to crime and segregation. If
it\'s not lessen, it will only keep doubling. And then the future of America will
devour.
Some of the main concerns of violence revolves around the family
atmosphere. Some families are not creating a secured environment for their
children. Instead, these children get exposed to illegal behavior and violent
actions in the homes. Family morals and values play an important role in the
discipline and education of an adolescent. If you teach a kid to be good, he
will be good. If you show him bad, he will see bad. What ever they plant
that\'s what they will produce. In depicting family disturbance, we encountered
with interviews done by the Children\'s Express teen journalists. One of the
interviews is on Connie a twelve year old from Indianapolis expressing herself
on violence. " I\'m just a person that would try to stay out of trouble and do
what is right, but I sure wish I could change all the violence and stuff that I
be around and all the trouble that my family go through. Some of my uncles do a
lot of drugs and the police is always after them." ( Kozol. 4). Diamond a
fourteen year old from San Francisco also tells. " I\'m fourteen years old and I
usually come down the street to hang out, just talk to friends. My home\'s not
really functional and stuff, so I try to get away from it as much as possible.
My mom, she\'s like manic-depressive and she hasn\'t worked in three years, and my
sister is really abusive. She\'s older, so she thinks she\'s the boss of
everything and everybody, so I don\'t really like to be at home." (Kozoc. 9). I
think in order to know what\'s going with juveniles, it\'s very important to
listen to what they say. That\'s why you will hear their voices. On his fifth
birthday, Mark\'s father gave him a gun. And this is what Mark ( 16 yrs. old)
from Massachusetts says, "That was his thing-----we all had to learn how to
shoot when we turned five years old . He made me go to Karate and wrestling.
My father was very big on fighting. There was no time for anything except for
my father. He always found something for us to do. You could go outside, rake
the yard, be done with it, and then you\'d have to go sweep the driveway, then go
rake the yard again, You had no free time for yourself, no privacy at all.
Everyday he used