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General Concerns
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THE STUDENT WHO IS VERBALLY AGGRESSIVE AND
POTENTIALLY VIOLENT
It is very difficult to predict aggression. When a student is
faced with a frustrating situation that is perceived to be
insurmountable, the student may become angry and direct
that anger toward others. Yet, in spite of recent high-profile
tragedies, a student acting out violently is a fairly rare event.
Developmentally, stressors may increase for a student who
has coped marginally before leaving home. Additionally, the
access to drugs or alcohol for some may increase the
propensity for more aggressive behavior. Certain social
situations also may elicit aggressive responses. In some
cases, the aggression may be indicative of the onset of a
mental health disorder.
Although violent behavior is difficult to predict, there are
some indicators that suggest a person may have the
potential for violence. These include having a prior history of
family violence or abuse, volatility, or inability to control
aggressive impulses due to organic or learned behavior.
Unfortunately, in dealing with individuals, you do not always
know the historical or immediate background of a particular
student. Therefore, it is important to be able to understand
your own sense of safety and to ask for assistance if you feel
threatened.