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  • Jayshree Shah

    How do we prevent acts of violence at schools? There is a very effective way to curb such incidents, curbing it right at the root and not allowing the tree of such incidents to grow. It is called "Expressive Writing". Pen is mightier than the sword. Any kind of pressure/stress/anxiety/anger gets relieved by Expressive Writing. Verbal narration about these feelings are not comfortable to all, possible or accepted by everyone. When one writes for self, one can be open and on completing the writing get the pressure on the mind relieved.Expressive writing" method can help all the schools and colleges to prevent violence by students.Every school must have a class of Expressive Writing per week when students detail their anger/upset moments/ill feelings about another. Teachers can then regularly understand what is on a child's mind and take action as necessary. Whenever there is a fight or argument between two students, they should be made to sit down and write the defined Expressive Writing questionnaire which ultimately results in resolving the issue and calming the minds. Even children who speak less can be helped to bring out their thoughts and their issues.If this method is adopted at schools all over the nation, a lot of angry minds of students, quarrels among students, depression among students, and ultimately the shootings by students with psychiatric disorders, like Sandy Hook Elementary schools and at Newtown, CT can be prevented.How to plan "Expressive Writing" at schools:·         Every school must have a class of "Expressive Writing" per week, where students fill out a questionnaire describing their thoughts which a teacher goes through and selects some issues of concern and individually tries to discuss and analyze(with help of analyzer/counselors) along with the head of the school/Therapists or psychiatrist if needed. Expressive Writing therapy can be provided to those student to help them come over their problems. A sample questionnaire or a custom questionnaire can be created by each school in consultation with analyzer/counselors/therapists. The teacher can go over replies from each child and some effective steps can be taken by the school to help the student calm down or resolve his/her issues..·         During each school day, if there is an incidence of anger, arguments, fights among two students, or even if a particular student is too quiet or keeps to himself/herself and is not open, then he/she should be made to express their thoughts on paper which in turn can be analyzed. Just doing this(writing) will relieve a lot of pressure off the student and he/she will calm down and feel better. It will help the student to analyze his/her own situation by himself/herself. The teacher/counselor can then read the notes and try to help the student.·         Students should be given training in Anger management at schools to reduce frictions among students. This will help to curb the number of angry students from childhood.Thus each school creates its own several custom questionnaire for a child/an incident