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Teen violence is a serious and rapidly growing problem in America. From the horrible incident at Columbine, Colorado to the everyday incidents of youth violence, it is apparent that the problem is growing not shrinking. There are, according to most studies, several possible contributing factors which lead young people to violent behavior.
One problem facing children growing up in America is today’s media bombardment. Children growing up in today’s media bombardment are learning all the wrong things at all the wrong times. Crime can become a way of life to adolescents. They look up to drug dealers, admire rock stars, and imitate robbers. Television, the media, and music are all distorting the rules of society, and are the most influential things in a youths’ life. Instead of what would of been, back in the 80’s, an innocent game of catch with their fathers, children are inside watching a murderer blow up thousands of people.
“Today’s children, unlike                                    those of earlier generations,                               are fed a steady diet of glorified                          violence … By the age of sixteen,
the typical child has witnessed as                          estimated 200,000 acts of violence,                          including 33,000 murders.                                    Inevitably, contend many e…
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… dealt with it will continue to spread and infect more and more individuals. As teens fight their way through adolescence, they are vulnerable to influences and pressures around them. When their environment is full of hatred, neglect, and poverty, where guns are present along with drug abuse, and unemployment, teenagers will adapt to its savage ways. Children keep becoming more and more violent at an earlier age in their life. The children fall hopelessly into the cracks of drug abuse and hatred with no way out.
We need to slow this cycle of violence down by first realizing the severity of the problem. If we neglect to devote our best efforts in the battle of teen violence, the disease will spread rotting the very soul of society.