Archive for October, 2009

Teen Violence: Is there a solution?

Let me begin to talk about this topic with a Justice Department survey in America. There are more than 60 percent of the young people who took part in this survey say they experienced violence in the past year which means teen violence always exists around us. Here’s a piece of news on October 8th. A boy named Derrion Albert, who was just 16 years old, was killed recently as he got caught in the middle of a street fight in Chicago. 

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Only after seeing this news, did I realize that youth violence needs solution! To be honest, I have never experienced that kind of thing in my life. I,however, also felt incredible and horrible to see that youth violence news can be found nearly everyday on newspaper. Today, October 9th, I also found news about teen violence. This news is mainly about girl fight. Ten-year-old Rikki Triana of Erie, Pa.,was beaten by two other girls , ages 10 and 11. She took her younger sister to the playground and the two girls to splashing her younger sister with water. When Rikki asked them to stop, they hit her on head and legs. Now, Rikki still remains in hospital with a broken hip. This kind of stories really staggered me and It’s my opinion that we should attach great importance to this problem.

 ERIC HOLDER, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Youth violence is not a Chicago problem, any more than it is a black problem, a white problem or a Hispanic problem. It is something that affects communities big and small and people of all races and all colors. It is an American problem.(CNN.com)

I especially agree with his point of view. If this kind of violence can happen in Chicago, it can occur in every city. Also, I think not only America but also the whole world should pay more attention to this problem. As we all know, teenagers are the future of the country and of the whole world which means this kind of problem may influence the future.

Moreover, I think the cause of the teen violence can be separated into three important aspects. First one is individual factors such as low behavior control ability, family factors such as low family education and income or family violence and social factors like racial discrimination. There are really lots of reasons for teen violence  and that’s why this problem is really hard to solved drastically.

I think we really need to look for some solutions for the teen violence. Here ‘s my opinions. Firstly, I don’t think punishment is the best way. Punishment sometimes may even cause more violence, so we should change them from inside which means change their thinking. Besides, parents and schools also should enhance this part of education and avoid their kids from watching some violence video, playing some violence computer games, etc. and enhance monitoring and supervision of their children.  That’s all I can think of, and I’m waiting for your solutions and comments..

Elaine.T.

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2016, Olympics held in South America!

Caring about which city would be the host of the 2016 Olympics, I was shocked by the news (abc news) that the International Olympic Committee picked Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games which means that Brazil will be the first South America city to host the Olympics. This news might be only a shock to the world but definitely a disappointment to the White House and undoultedly to the president Obama and his wife, the fist lady. Even though having the support from the American president, Barack Obama, and first lady, to many suprise, Chicago still gained the least vote in the first round. President Obama went to support his wife but what he got was just disappointment. Even though he keeped on emphasizing that Chicago was the best choise in his mind, yet no one can change the final result. From his words, I can feel that he was unreconciled to the result and was quite proud of his hometown, or maybe he just wanted to quench the distrust of the civilians. Anyway, he believed that his country was always the strongest and best and also, he wanted to show that to the whole world. Having got lots of things done for Chicago in order to get the right to host 2016 Olympic Games, feeling uncomfortable for the result is natural. Simultaneously, I do think the loss of the right to host the Olympics is also a great strike to the whole America in such a situation that the financial storm hasn’t drastically ended, so that the loss is just like rubbing salt in wounds. Anyway, even though the Olympics couldn’t be held in Chicago, no one will doubt that the US is still the most powerful country in the world at present. That’s all what I think about the event and that only represent my own opinion. Welcome comments!