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Learning Goal: I’m working on a english discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Due: Sunday @ 11:59 p.m.

Chapter 2 addresses the notion of school violence. It notes that the response to school violence has been in policy development, training of teachers and students, specialized law enforcement training, zero tolerance, and early detection. The case for review is on the topic of violence on school grounds.

  1. Review the video on the case of Nathaniel Brazill.


  1. Read the case of the case scenario., then respond to the questions at the end.

As the governor of a large southern state, you have been asked by a young man’s family and friends to grant him a pardon. Nathaniel Brazill was convicted of second-degree murder in 1995 and received a sentence of 28 years in the state penal system. Tried as an adult, he was found guilty of murder for intentionally killing Mr. Barry G., his English teacher, because he was angry over receiving a failing grade and being suspended for throwing water balloons. During the trial, Nathaniel’s attorney claimed that the gun Nathaniel brought to school had gone off accidentally after he pointed it at Mr. G. in an attempt to force him to let Nathaniel talk to two girls in the classroom.

“As he’s holding the gun up, he’s overwhelmed with tears, “Nathaniel’s lawyer told the jury. “His hands begin to shake, and the gun discharges. The gun discharges in the hands of an inexperienced 13-year-old with a junk gun.” The prosecutor countered that Nathaniel’s act was premeditated. He was frustrated because he was receiving an F in the class, and he was angry because he was being barred from talking to the girls. His victim” had no idea of the rage, hate, the anger, the frustration” filling the young man. There was also damaging information from police, who reported that Nathaniel told a classmate he would return to school and shoot the teacher; he said he’d be all over the news.”

At his sentencing hearing, Nathaniel read a statement: “Words cannot explain how sorry I am, but they’re all I have. “His mother, Polly, blamed herself for her son’s actions, claiming that he was surrounded by domestic abuse and alcoholism at home.

Now that he has served seven years in prison, Nathaniel’s case has come to your attention; as governor, you recognize that his conviction and punishment raise a number of important issues. His mother claims that his actions were a product of abuse and violence in the home. You have read research showing that many habitually aggressive children have been raised in homes where their parents brutalized them; this violence persists into adulthood.

  1. Respond to the questions below:
  1. Should troubled children, such as Nathaniel, be punished again by the justice system?
  2. Should Nathaniel be held personally responsible for actions that a home life beyond his control may have, in fact, caused?
  3. Even though he was only 13 years old when he committed his crime, Nathaniel’s case was heard in an adult court, and he received a long sentence in an adult prison. Should minor children who commit serious offenses, as Nathaniel did, be treated as adults, or should they be tried within an independent juvenile system oriented to treatment and rehabilitation?
  4. Would you pardon Nathaniel now that he has served more than seven years in prison?
  1. Conduct additional research on the case & note updated information on the status of Nathaniel B.

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Rubric: Chapter Review Assignment (4)

Rubric: Chapter Review Assignment (4)

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent/Conceptualization
6 ptsResponse displays a full understanding of the complexity of the issue addressed and multiple points of view. Recognizes varied interpretations and implications. excellent exposition, clearly and concisely written, well argued, and displaying good original input from the student.

Author directly addresses main question or issue, and adds new insight to the subject not provided in lectures, readings, or class discussions. The author has retained nearly all of the knowledge presented in class. He/She is able to synthesize this knowledge in new ways and relate to material not covered in the course. Provides compelling and accurate evidence that convinces reader to accept main argument. The importance/relevance of all pieces of evidence is clearly stated. There are no gaps in reasoning—i.e., the reader does not need to assume anything or do additional research to accept main argument. Conclusion-Elegantly synthesizes and reframes key points from the paper. Suggests new perspectives or questions relevant to the central argument, and brings closure

5 ptsGood exposition, but lacks clarity and concision, or doesn’t have much original input, or offers poor support for important claims.

Author competently addresses main question or issue, but does not add much new insight into the subject. That said, it is clear that the author has learned a great deal in class and is able to communicate this knowledge to others. Provides necessary evidence to convince reader of most aspects of the main argument but not all. The importance/ relevance of some evidence presented may not be totally clear. Reader must make a few mental leaps or do some additional research to fully accept all aspects of main argument. Conclusion-Synthesizes and brings closure but does not examine new perspectives or questions

4 ptsNo Description

Response does not address some aspects of the assignment. (and/or…) Response demonstrates a somewhat shaky grasp of criminological principles. The response represents the authors’ arguments, evidence and conclusions accurately though not sufficiently clearly. (and/or…) Conclusion-Restates the same points as the topic paragraph without reframing them. (and/or…) Introduces new material rather than new perspectives.

3 ptsNo Description

Author attempts to address main question or issue, but fails. The author has retained some information from the course, but does not fully understand its meaning or context and cannot clearly convey it to others. Not enough evidence is provided to support author’s argument, or evidence is incomplete, incorrect, or oversimplified. Information from lectures and readings is not effectively used. Conclusion-Is missing or cursory. (and/or…) Repeats the topic paragraph more-or-less verbatim.

2 ptsNo Description

Fails to understand some aspects of the material, and/or is very unclearly written. Main points lack detailed development. Ideas are vague with little evidence of critical thinking. Shows some thinking and reasoning but most ideas are underdeveloped and unoriginal.

1 ptsNo Description

Response does not address the assignment. Fails to follow format and assignment requirements; incorrect margins, spacing and indentation; neatness of essay needs attention.

0 ptsDid not submit a paper; plagiarized material; made no effort to understand the material or shows no sign of having read it.
6 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization/Structure/Mechanics
2 ptsFull Marks

Essay contains an intro, main body, and conclusion. Introduction lays out main argument and gives an outline of what the reader can expect in the essay. The conclusion brings everything together, acknowledges potential shortcomings of the paper, and gives the reader a sense of what further work might be done to advance the subject matter described in the paper.

1 ptsNo Description

The introduction gives the reader an idea of what to expect in the paper, but does not effectively lay out the main argument. It may begin with a set of rhetorical questions, or an anecdote that is never fully explained. The conclusion does little more than restate the problematic introduction. Intro and/or conclusion may be too wordy or short.

0 ptsNo Marks

Essay has no clear organizational pattern.

2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpelling/Grammar/APA
2 ptsFull Marks

All sentences are grammatically correct and clearly written. No words are misused or unnecessarily fancy. Technical terms, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are always explained. All information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked AND proofread (ideally by you and somebody else), and contains no errors

1 ptsNo Description

A few sentences are grammatically incorrect or not clearly written. Several words are misused. Technical terms, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are rarely explained. Not all information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has been spell-checked AND proofread, but still contains several errors. Reader’s ability to understand essay may be compromised by these errors.

0 ptsNo Marks

Paper is full of grammatical errors and bad writing. Several words are misused. Technical terms, words from other languages, and words from other historical periods are rarely explained. Not all information is accurate and up-to-date. Paper has not been spell-checked or proofread, and contains numerous errors. Reader has a difficult time understanding essay because of errors.

2 pts
Total Points: 10


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