Saturday, December 1, 2007

Journaling the Violence Away

This week has been very hard on my students because they have chosen to speak with fists-- rather than words--again. They can be so eloquent online, and yet when it come to orange peels flying across the Quad, fists get engaged. Why? Were you there? Do you care? Sound off about the violence on campus last week, and in our area recently. The more aware you are of your opinions the happier I'll be. Have one...at least.

22 comments:

  1. I can't believe that the girls were fighting just because a orange peel hit her in the leg. I didn't see the fight but when the bell rang I was going to my 5th period class and everyone was telling me that I missed a girl fight. I don't really care about the fight but it is stupid that people these days are fight or even killing people for the stupidest reasons. If that was one my friend I would try to stop the fight.

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  2. My thoughts on the fight that happen at W.H.S was that I didn't see the fight. But I saw the people running to the fight. I didn't want to get in hit. So I didn't run to the fight like every one els. So thats what I think.Adrian4

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  3. I think that the fight that happened on Friday at WHS was inappropriate because they could of talk it out and not use fists and foots. If i saw my friend fight because an orange peel hit his leg I would tell him to forget about it and save him out of a fight.

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  4. I was not there but I was close to the fight. I really did not care about it because I think fight are dumb. I think people should just for give each other when something bad happens. If I saw my friend fight I would try to stop the fight and try to calm my friend down and talk to him to see what happened and why he was going to get in a fight. People should not fight they should look out for each other because many other people around the world are dying off violence, like in Sudan many young kids are getting killed by the Sudanese Government.

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  5. My thoughts about this is that I think this is stupid. I think that they were fighting for something else and just made some story up. I don't really care about the fight, but if I saw my friend fighting i will probably help him out. I can't believe that they were fighting for orange peels flying around. I heard about the fight in the movie because I was there. I have a feeling that the bay area will get more dangerous.

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  6. I will protect to a person by good side if I see the person fighting in background in school. Because I do not want the person get hurt and i feel bad about this person get pain so much. I do care people because i want people to be smart to see change in future. I want to be peace in whole world.

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  7. In Redwood city there is so much violence such as schools, movies, and stores too. The fights in this city is really weird they're gang fights, they're also race fights.What I am trying to say is that gang fight are really weird people fight for colors. We were brought into this world like brothers and sisters not enemies. We need to stop the violence like stop the war it just makes the world have global warming all the gas and the smoke that is also violence. What i mean is that all the violence has to stop.

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  8. I was not there i was on the other side of the school, but i think that it is really stupid to fight over an orange peal. The girl who threw the orange peal should of said sorry or something.I heard a lot of people talking about it like it was some kind of show and many people were making jokes about it.that was a really dumb of them to fight over a freaking orange peal (immature teenagers these days). If my friend was in a fight i would try to get her/him out of it so they would not get in trouble because thats what friends do. friends do not let their friends get in trouble so i don't know whats going on with people these days many people are going out of control which is a problem.

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  9. I think the violence has increased a lot, and people are fighting over stupid things, such as the peel incident at school. When the fight started it was next to the quad and i saw people running to go see i, and i thought to myself that people are ignorant thinking that fights are funny or entertaining. There was also another incident next to the Main Library next to the movie theaters. Here in the U.S. people fight over the stupidest things, they should take a look at what is happening around the world, like in Darfur or Iraq. People are just finding little reasons to fight.

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  10. At the time this incident happened I was there.I do care because these people are from my school.It would be sad to see them get kicked out or anything else over something that could've been handled a different way.I think there is no reason to fight when you can talked it out, well it also depends on what the problem is.I think is stupid to be fighting over an orange peel.They could've just say sorry yo each other.If one of my friends were to get in a fight for an orange peel i would just say "why start this huge fight when you can talk it out and not have any problems".

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  11. The fight that happen last week in Woodside High School, and what I thought about it is that it was a really crazy thing to even start a fight of. Why? Because of a normal little accident orange peel hit a girl and because of that it just started a big fight of. See I might not bine there when that incident happen. But if it was my friend that was in that fight I would of not fight in but I would pull her off that fight even though if I got hit I might not hit back but ill just try to push them off and try not to make a big thing out of it like it or not try to get my self in to a fight over such a crazy thing. I wouldn't join the fight or even cheer or just stand and watch ill just try to push girls off for they can stop such a dummy reason to fight over for.

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  12. I think this was stupid. A fight over an orange peel? What is going on with people these days? I wasn't right there in front of the fight but i saw all the people running to watch the fight. Instead of running to watch the fight they should have ran over to the fight and tried to stop it. Who knows if the girl did it on purpose or not there was still a fight over an orange peel.

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  13. I think that the fight of the girls on school compass over an orange peel was kind of stupid because why are you going to fight over an orange peel when you can just say sorry and let it go.

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  14. I think that the fight at our school on Friday during lunch was very stupid because these girls were just fighting over an orange peel. People should at least talk it over not just fight. There are some people that like to fight only because they think it's fun or others just try to get attention. There are a few people that take the fights a little to far that at least someone ends up getting killed. People should start paying attention on what they're on to and up to.

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  15. I think the fight over the orange peel was stupid. I think it was stupid because how could they fight over the peel that hit the other girl leg. If thats was one of my friends i would tell him let it go and walk away.

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  16. The fight that was on campus on November 30 it was an unnecessary fight because they fought over a orange peel instead of talking about it.The violence has increase a lot
    with young people. Why can't they just talk about it and try to solve this conflict?

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  17. On friday I herd that there was a fight next to the quad just beause of a stupid reason. My friend Sergio told me in class and he said that there was hair pulling, punching, and kicking on the face. Then, when Ms. Cestone told my 6th period class about the fight I was like "All right, i know this but why was the reason", next thing Ms. Cestone said that the fight was caused because of an orange peel. In my head that was so stupid, I would of just ignored it or at least told the girl that she hit me with the orange peel. If that was my friend I would of took her away. This fight should of never of happened, but some people are very dramatic for everything. There were a lot of options that the girl who got hit with the orange peel could of done instead of fighting

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  18. My thought of the WHS fight is that I think is dumb that the two girls were fighting just because of an orange peel. The girl that threw the orange peel to the other girl, she could've say that it was an accident and go away. there so many things she could've done like say sorry or she could've throw it away.

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  19. i think that fighting over a orange peel is stupid .there is something rong whit people now in days. fighting over an orange peel is somthing dum because they can just say sorry and let it go but no they have to start fights over that small things .if that was my friend i wouled of told her to let it go why get expeled from school over that .

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  20. I think that the fight on friday was pointless because in my opinion to fight over an orange peel it's stupid. The reason that i think it's stupid is because to get in trouble for a fight that is nonsense it's not
    worth it at all. After knowing what happened on friday and thinking about this subject makes me realize what world I'm and what some people do because they feel they are tough enough to take on you.

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  21. Personally i thought that fighting over a thrown orange peel was taking things way to far. I could see why people would get angry over having food being thrown at them, atleast now a day. To be 100% honest im not sure what to think of the fight, i have heard many different sides of the story that im not sure what to believe. Even so, the girls should not have taken to slove the problem in that matter. I personally know one of the two girls she is a friend of mine, and i know she's better than that. But i guess when people get mad they dont realize their actions and loose their self control, because many times the people who get hit first dont know exactlly how to react and hit back. Im pretty sure that the biggest reason for the fight continuation was mostly because of peer pressure. Now a day thats what most people think of and care of, and thats what causes most things to turn out the way they do. I hope the two figure things out and solove things the right way, i wouldnt want things to be taken any further.

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  22. I like Brian's answer about stopping violence in general, including smoke and cars, and global warming, which is violent too. I also like Uvalde, and Jasmin's answers. About peer pressure, and getting attention.

    Another good tack to journal would be to have them re-write the scene, in a peaceful way. "Hey you, why did you throw that at me?" Because you're ugly", "Hey, c'mon Olivia, we don't have to be around mean people, later" and they walk away.....something like that....

    Super cool though. I like that the whole school can read it, so people know that fighting doesn't make you cool.

    Well done.

    Also, another tack....have them journal: What makes a woman beautiful? Fighting or talking?? What makes a guy strong? Fighting, or having lots of friends, no enemies, and no reason to fight??

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