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Violence At Fairview

By Webmaster and Denny Stong in Student News

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 Fairview’s administrators think that physical violence at Fairview is not a big problem, but other forms of violence, like bullying are more of a problem.

“Instances of violence here at Fairview are few and far between. Most kids here have a lifestyle that is not really conducive of school violence,” said security guard Jeff Jones.

There are recorded incidents of physical violence within the school, but compared to other high schools across the country, there are very few.

“I’ve heard of someone getting punched. I’ve heard of people getting threatened. But I’ve never actually seen someone get punched,” said sophomore Spencer Steed.

Even though there is a wide variety of physically violent acts that can occur, there are also other, non-physical forms of violence.

“Violence is certainly the physical act, but you can speak in a hateful way that isn’t violent necessarily,” said Jim Lefebvre, the Dean of Students.

The origin of this hateful speech can be from a wide variety of sources.

“There is a lot of bullying, mental bullying, that kind of stuff that goes on here,” said Jones. “You have a lot of kids, a lot of parents that have everything under the sun, and that sometimes, without the proper balance, without the proper education, and without the proper idea of having something more than anyone else does, sometimes people feel like they’re superior.”

Some students feel like the administration acts poorly after acts of violence, in both physical and emotional forms.

“It’s kind of weak how [the administration] act here because the only thing that they really do is if there is any violence all they do is make you sign a paper that says that you can’t go next to each other,” said junior Antoinette Wofford.

Despite the no contract agreements, the administration has additional ways of dealing with both physical and non-physical violence.

“Certainly if it’s a person who is saying things about someone else, we act on it immediately, and we carry it out through its eventual conclusion, and that can include things like no contact agreements, by changing that other person’s schedule so they’re not in the same vicinity,” said Lefebvre.

Other than the administration reacting to acts of violence, the administration tries to prevent it from happening in the future.

“In general terms, we look at a kind of proactive and positive approach, so certainly we don’t want [violence] to happen, but part of what we do here is we try to build a positive culture so that way, people aren't as inclined to want to do [violence],” said Lefebvre.

Overall, there is a comparatively low number of violent incidents at Fairview, but this can make people ignore violence altogether.

“There is no recordable incidents day after day, like maybe you would see in the larger, big cities,” said Jones. “Because of that, there ends up being a lackadaisical attitude about it. ... From my standpoint, that’s exactly the wrong idea you should have, because inevitably it always happens in your backyard.”

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