As part of group discussions with students following the watching of the Warning Signs video, the following questions, as suggested by Schaefer-Schiumo and Ginsberg (2003) can be raised:
What do you think leads some people to act violently toward other people? In other words, why do people hurt other people?
What are signs that tell you that someone might become violent?
What are some things that you could do when you see the warning signs that tell you that someone might become violent? (Bring in decisional flow-chart at this point.)
Instead of violence, what are some other ways people can deal with their anger?
What signs do you recognize in yourself tell you that you may be at risk for becoming angry and violent?
What can you do when you notice yourself becoming overly angry and violent?
What do you think are some of the signs that suggest a person is thinking about harming himself or herself (feeling suicidal)?
When you notice suicidal signs in others or in yourself, what do you think you can do about it?
These questions can provide the basis for a follow-up group discussion or be used as part of a Questionnaire. In the discussion, the facilitator or group leader can highlight the role that each of the following characteristics play:
low frustration tolerance
being a bully
a victim of bullying
presence of cliques in school
presence of gangs
situation at home
The discussion can also focus on what individuals and groups can do to handle anger (e.g., engage in distraction activities, take a time out, talk it over with someone, seek assistance).
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