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The Pathways to Desistance Study follows 1,354 serious juvenile offenders ages 14–18 (184 females and 1,170 males) for 7 years after conviction collecting the most comprehensive data available about serious adolescent offenders in late adolescence and early adulthood and the factors that lead youth to continue or desist from offending, including maturation, life changes and the criminal justice system. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2011.

Teenage peer pressure effects brain signals involving risk and reward explain why young people are more likely to misbehave and take risks when friends are watching.

School Associated Violent Deaths Report -- A school associated violent death is any homicide, suicide, or weapons related violent death occurring on the property of a functioning public, private or parochial, alternative, elementary or secondary school, K-12, on the way to or from school, while attending or on the way to or from a school event; as a direct result of school incidents, functions or activities, on or off school bus/vehicle or school property. House Report of the National School Safety Center

Juvenile Violence Time Line

What Makes Kids Care? - According to the National Crime Survey, every 6 seconds crimes occur on or near school campuses. A study on domestic violence found many high school boys thought it was all right to strike his girlfriend. American Psychological Association

1 in 4 Parents Fears Their Child Will Become a Victim at School -- Parents are concerned their children will become victims of violence at school and are willing to take action to prevent it, according to a national poll released by Youth Crime Watch of America (YCWA) and the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO).

The Development of Concern for Others -- Deficits in empathy and remorse are common in children with disruptive behavior disorders.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx Adrian Nicole LeBlan -- The saga behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. After ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses reader into the intricacies of the ghetto world. She charts the cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances: nineteen-year-old Jessica's infatuation with a successful heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. The young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways and nightclubs. They cruise in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, prison, and poverty. The teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and surrounding inner-city life with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets.

A report on the causes of violence in a child

One in five teenage boys admits to taking a weapon (gun or knife) to school with him at least once in the past 12 months according to a study released by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, almost half of all high school students said they could get a gun.

Do Teen Murders Signal a Trend?

In Search of Law and Order -- -- 1984 - 1994 juvenile homicide offenders in America tripled. While crime rates in America drop, teen-on-teen violence is out of control. More teenage boys are killed by guns than all natural causes combined.

1st Grader Runs A fowl of 'Zero Tolerance' Jonesboro, AR - When 8-year-old Christopher Kissinger pointed a chicken strip at another student in the cafeteria of the South Elementary School saying "pow, POW, POW," a teacher thought the "threat" was meant for her. Christopher received a punishment of 3 -days' suspension from school.

School Crime and Policing by William L. Turk -- An overview of school crime in the US, how to prepare for safe schools, recommended practices, police response to school crime, teacher's and administrator's perspectives, effective use of security technologies in schools, and school-based prevention programs that work.

When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence by Jonathan Paul

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop "a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression." Chilling and heartbreaking acts of aggression, including the silent treatment, note-passing, glaring, gossiping, ganging up, fashion police, and being nice in private/mean in public. Simmons is guides readers to nurture emotional honesty in girls and discussions of bullying. She offers ideas for changing the dynamics of the classroom, dialogues for talking to daughters, and exercises for girls to explore and resolve conflicts head-on.

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