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September 20, 2006

Are Students Becoming More Violent?

According to a recent survey, the answer to this question is a resounding yes.

A 2005 survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology showed that elementary school teachers appear to have been particularly victimized by this growing violence. Assaults against elementary school teachers grew by 30 percent for the third consecutive year.

The editorial in which this survey is mentioned identifies two traits common to children who exhibit such violent tendencies. One is an abundance of stress and frustration, presumably with no viable outlet for those emotions. The second is reportedly weak self-control in preventing these emotions from reaching a point where hostility may ensue.

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