The current state of our economy can not only affect parents and adults but also children. Children can show stress in different ways one of which is aggression. Schools in the Canyon County school districts in Idaho have included different ways for children to combat their aggression – some schools utilize a physical education program with Karate classes or choir sessions. The schoosl have also implemented Botvin LifeSkills Training as a method to reduce aggression in students.
“The program makes a ‘night-and-day’ difference in students’ behavior,” Birch Elementary Principal Cindy Johnstone said about LST. Jeri Gowen, the Vallivue School District Safe Schools Coordinator, believes that different financial statuses among children can provoke violence among different students.
When there isn’t enough money to go around, kids may find solace in joining gangs that will most likely involve crime-related activities. Fortunately, LST and other violence-preventive programs work to help alleviate challenging situations that students might encounter.
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