The Misled Youth
Violence is everywhere we look in today’s world. These displays reach out to individuals of every age, race, and sex. All forms of the media expose the general public to violent behaviors. We are barely able to listen to music, open a newspaper or turn the television on without hearing or seeing some sort violent act. Even when you look at children’s movies, there is almost always an element of evil within the plot. In a way we are teaching everyone, but especially children, that conflict is somewhat acceptable and a part of every-day life.
conflict in the
In an article from Aljazeera.Net, Marwa,
a thirteen year old Palestinian girl, talked about how she hated the wall that
is being constructed to separate
Not only do they believe there can be no reconciliation between the two groups, but they are suffering from severe emotional problems, according to Yoad Ghanadreh who oversees psychological support programmes for the United Nations. These kids are suffering from psychosomatic disorders, depression and have trouble concentrating because they are living in constant fear of not only what is currently happening, but what will happen in the future. Ghanadreh also said that “Violence outside has become a reference. It’s part of our lives and reproduced by the children at school and at home.”
assistance has been made available in 95 schools, 30 clinics and in 150
community centres due to the conflict. Dwalt
well as their emotional state being affected, their education is also
suffering. As a result of the controversy , the children of
My sister’s school, El Camino High School, experienced a riot. Prior to the riot there was a shooting of a member of Mesa by a Crip. The shooting took place outside of school, but due to the number of students who were in a gang or affiliated with members of the gangs in El Camino, people began to take action inside the classroom. The Members of Mesa began writing “FUCK THE N******!” in the books because a majority of the Crips were black. When the Crips saw this, they knew it was in retaliation to the shooting, and the riot began.
I clearly remember how I felt when I heard the news. Honestly, I wasn’t all that worried. I was fairly young and didn’t completely understand what was going on at the time. Later on when it was explained to me, I became upset because I realized that something could have happened to my sister or one of her friends during the riot. That really opened my eyes to the type of people we were living with and around.
I remember on New Year’s Eve, we couldn’t go outside. We had to stay in our house, away from the windows, and preferably in a room located toward the center of the house. At the stroke of midnight people would go outside and fire their guns, so you had to be cautious of stray bullets. The gangs were extremely prominent, and each of them had their own colors. You wouldn’t want to go outside if you had a bandana on or if you were wearing two colors that supported two different gangs. They saw it as a sign of disrespect and you would be hassled for it.