Indiscipline among students is one of the major problems faced by schools today.
Gangsterism in particular has become a menace due to its violent nature.
Gangsterism involves bullying, extortion and even physical assault. The victims
are mainly fellow students and there have been a few cases in the Philippines
where the act of bullying and assault had been fatal.
If I am the discipline
teacher, I would first undertake to study the extent of the problem in my school
as well as the reasons why students would get involved in gangsterism. I would
then haul the bullies and suspected gangsters in the school to determine further
the reasons behind their individual behavior.
Statistics and studies on gangsterism indicate most student gangsters hail
from poor backgrounds or broken families whereby they lack attention and love
from the family members propelling them to behave in such a manner. Poor
students become gangsters as a means to gain extra cash by extorting money from
other students. Those who are a product of broken families normally indulge in
these kind activities to seek attention and as a outlet for their frustration
Thus, by engaging in a discussion with these gangster students from my
school, I would be able to find out which category they belong to. I would then
proceed to advise them on the dangers of their behavior which could land them in
jail or in correctional institute for juvenile delinquents. If this method does
not work, I would then engage the assistance of inspectors from the local police
station to give regular talks at our school on why gangsterism is a crime and
the penalties faced by the perpetrators.
A school-wide campaign would follow suit on how students and teachers can
tackle the problems of gangsterism. the campaign would involve talks by former
gangsters and reformed criminals who resorted to bullying and violence to
achieve their goals and how that in turn has affected their lives and their
families. Students would then be required to take a pledge not to resort to such
behavior even if they face severe pressures from other students or as an easy
way to make money from others.
Instead of caning or punishing gangsters, I would counsel them and use the
soft-handed approach. These facing financial troubles who resort to extortion as
a solution would be given assistance pending their promise not to repeat such
behavior. These who engage in gangsterism to seek attention would be sent for
professional counseling. Students facing constant pressure to become part of
gangs, would be exposed tot he dangers of such behavior and encouraged to
report, without fearing for their lives, to the school authorities. I would
collaborate with the other teachers to expose students to fun-filled activities
and outdoor learning experience to make school a more exciting place. This would
prevent bored students from contemplating joining a gangster group to seek
excitement and acceptance.
Thus, I hope with all these measures in place, the problem of gangsterism
would be dealt with effectively and efficiently.