The Cycle of Violence
Today, two of my students fought each other in the hallway between classes. I’m not sure what the fight was about, probably a boy. Their parents were called and asked to come to school for a mediation between the girls. What began as a mild irritation transpired into an all out brawl. The girls’ mothers began with threats to each other, “This is your daughter’s fault. She better stay away from my daughter”. Followed by, “If she touches my daughter again, I’m gonna”. “You’re gonna what?” I sat there silent thinking to myself that this attempted mediation between the students wasn’t going as expected. When what seemed like only seconds later the mothers threw their bodies across the table at each other and rolled onto the floor. One mother was stadled on top of the other pulling her hair while the other was flailing to get up. Mrs. Baez had to intervene when the two grown women began physcially attacking each other in front of their children who were in the meeting because of their own violent behavior. It makes you wonder where the girls get it from. The cycle of violence is at it’s worst when two adults would find it acceptable to physcially harm each other inside a school in front of their children.