“Environmental factors have played a key role in increasing a student’s likelihood to engage in violent acts. The American Medical Association, American Pediatric Association, and the American Academy of Child Psychiatry have all supported the position that excessive exposure to media violence can trigger aggressive behavior. This influence can be seen on TV or online every day and is nearly impossible to remove from our students’ lives. Other factors are just as dangerous, and just as hard to remove. Discrimination and race also foster violent tendencies. Racial discrimination has helped to keep minorities at higher poverty levels, where violence is much more prevalent. It has also led to the creation of hate groups that respond with violence against those of a different race or religion.”

Source: Educational Training Material for Teachers.

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