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Application of Criminological Theory

Application of Criminological Theory - You are the vice
principal in charge of discipline at a prestigious school. An
eighth-grade teacher has a problem with one of the students. He is
extremely active and it is difficult for him to quiet him down. The
student comes from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background and the
principal would like to keep him in this prestigious school because he
feels it is in the student's best interests. After school one day, the
teacher discovers this student beating up another student and has to
step in to break up the fight. The teacher has turned to you as the
vice principal in charge of discipline. what do you think should be done? Write your comments in a 1750 to 2850 word paper. Be sure to justify your answer.

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In most cases when a child is from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background he or she tends to have issues with other students. The first issue to tackle is why the kids were fighting. Since this is a prestigious school, there may be a problem with his social status as compared to the child he was fighting with. The other issue is the issue of bullying. As the vice principal in charge of discipline, you must advise your teachers to educate the children on the issues of fighting; however, is it really up to the vice principal and/or the teachers to actually do anything? Of course, but not in the way society thinks they should. We should examine it from a learning experience and an opportunity to educate both children. Let me explain.
As educators, we need to ask ourselves what we want for our children. Do we want them to be easily hurt by words? Do we want them to be emotionally weak and vulnerable? Do we want them to feel they need to turn to adults for help whenever they run into friction with other kids? We certainly do not want this for our children. As an educator or educational institution we want children to be tough and resilient, to remain cool when others try to antagonize them, to understand that offensive words are nothing to get upset about and to be able to handle conflicts on their own without becoming consumed by anger (Kalman, 2000).
So what should the vice principal tell the teacher to do or what should the vice principal do him/herself? As educators we need to understand that aggression is a normal, genetically programmed behavior and is here to stay. It has been a part of life for the billions of years that our genetic program has been developing, and there is no evidence that human beings have suddenly, mysteriously, become the only animal on the planet that is born without genetic programming for aggression. According to Wipfler (2007), children don't want to attack others; however, if aggression were a learned behavior, we wouldn't have to spend so much time and effort into teaching children not to be aggressive. When children display aggression, we should understand that they are expressing genetically programmed ...

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This solution discusses criminal acts by adolescence and focuses on the bullying aspect. The solution is approximately 1400 words and has four citations.