The effects of Violence on college students

jeanette head shot By: Jeannette Glen

        “Victim and perpetrator are just two sides of the same coin of violence.” — Anonymous

            According to Psychology Today, college students are the demographic most likely to experience violence, more so than any other group of people. It’s been proven that students (from elementary to college) are more susceptible to outside influences and more prone to become victims of violence. Not to mention that many students grow up in these kinds of environments. The decision to further our education does not eliminate the risk and aftermath of exposure to violence.

Every day we turn our televisions on to hear of murders shootings and other attacks. As students, we deal with an immense amount of stress from our classes. As violence rates rise, so does student anxiety and fear, another layer of stress. The city of New Orleans had 175 murders in 2016 and already 51 murders in 2017.

Most of Delgado’s students live in New Orleans. We love it, it is our home but that doesn’t stop the worry we feel when we must leave our houses. We have lives that we can’t run away from.

The scope of violence is so massive that we cannot escape it even if we tried. Adult students are being bullied, raped and murdered. We may overlook it at times because it has yet to rear its ugly head at our back door but we think about the day that it just might. Some college students have become violent themselves believing this is the only way for them and their loved ones to be safe. Some solutions for this stress include seeking medical care, which often leads to addictive medications, such as Adderall, that only make it harder to maintain our grades, our jobs, and our sanity.

Did you know that about 7.5 percent of student’s commit suicide? Although studies show why people may resort to violence, these studies don’t help those made victims by this growing savagery. And the hopeless rage of feeling like you are all out of options is one of the root causes of violence.


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