Schools and Delinquency

Schools and Delinquency

SCHOOLS AND DELINQUENCY 4

Schoolsand Delinquency

Schoolsand Delinquency

Juveniledelinquency has been one of the most explored concepts in thecontemporary society. This is particularly as a result of theacknowledgement of its being a precursor for undesirable behavior inone’s adulthood. Scholars and researchers have explored the conceptof delinquency with the aim of determining the causes or risk factorsfor the same. Indeed, questions have been asked on whether thedelinquency can be caused by one’s environment and particularly, anindividual’s experiences in school.

First,individuals are known to form friendships with other people inlearning institutions. Different students will have varyingtendencies, values, cultures and backgrounds. In most cases,individuals will learn delinquency from their peers and even get thecourage to undertake such activities from the same (Thompson &ampBynum, 2013). For instance, in cases where one has alcoholic or drugaddicted friends, he or she is likely to be inducted in the samebehavior as a way of seeking a sense of belonging.

Inaddition, the manner in which such tendencies are treated by theadministration in educational institutions could cause delinquency.More often than not, teachers will recognize delinquent behavior intheir students or even have the same reported to them by otherstudents. The manner in which they tackle the problem could result inreinforcement of the behavior or even terminate it. Scholars haveacknowledged that there is no universal rule pertaining to the mannerin which delinquent behavior should be handled as cases andindividuals are different (Thompson &amp Bynum, 2013). Nevertheless,jumping to harsh punishment would not always be advisable since itcould be counterproductive. For example, a drug-addicted studentwould not take harsh punishment lightly and could even sink deeperinto the delinquency as a way of hitting back at the society.

References

Thompson,W., &amp Bynum, J. (2013). Juvenile Delinquency: A SociologicalApproach (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson.