Media Youth Crime. By: Joel, Desmond M, Stephanie, Michael, Loni. Our Project/ Our Goal. Using various forms of media (TV, radio, newspapers). Research the popular media reasons why youth commit crime. Our goal is to show you some of the media myths and facts about youth and crime.
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Media Youth Crime
By: Joel, Desmond M, Stephanie, Michael, Loni
Fun myths and facts about youth crime
“ An important issue is how adults treat me just because I’m a teenager. Sure there are bad ones out there but I’m not one of them. It doesn’t just hurt but it’s disrespectful when security figures follow me around like I’m some kind of loser or criminal.” ( Canada’s Teens: today, yesterday, and tomorrow)
71% of Americans felt that a school shooting was likely in their community.
There was less than a one in two million chance of being killed in a school in America in 1998-1999
People believe today’s youth are uniquely criminal, violent, and out of control
Crime rates among youths have generally fallen over the last two decades
However, there has been a rise in adult crime
Today’s youth are using guns and committing more violent crimes (i.e.: murder)
Youths account for only a tiny portion of murders. In 1994, the FBI reported that persons under the age of 18 committed only 10.2% of all murders
One youth from Montreal, age 15, sums up the feeling of many teens: “ Today’s youths are intelligent but some adults don’t think so. We are people too. Youths are discriminated against and that’s not right. To get through to young people, you have to listen to them, trust them, and respect them. The way I look and the music I listen to does not make me a “bad” person. I am my own person.” ( Canada’s teens: yesterday, today, and tomorrow)