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Are Children Becoming More Violent?

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says 7.5% of students nationwide were threatened or injured by a weapon on school property in 2011.

Given that number, on Face the State we wanted to look at the role, if any, mental health issues play.

Lisa Rogers is a Supervisor at Compass Behavioral Health. I asked her what kind of signs of trouble can parents look for in their children to help determine if they could be a danger to others.

"It's when tantrums and violent tendencies become increasingly intense and longer in duration. Watch if they become really violent and start showing cruelty to animals. Also, look for when they're having troubles in school, like fighting and not getting along at home, that's when it's time to be concerned."

Rogers said mental health issues are part of the problem, but all too often overlooked.

She also said there aren't enough options for parents who have children with mental problems.

I asked her if our youth are becoming more violent. She said yes, because of all the influences that are out there. The violent movies, the Internet and video games.

"The play a role because they don't have the concrete concept yet of consequences. In the video games, it rewards them for the violent behavior and it doesn't explain the consequences. So, if your child is having trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality, then that's when the parent needs to step in and say that's not appropriate to play."

To watch the entire interview, tune into Face the State Saturday at 3:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30 am, 12:30pm and 10:30pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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