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Please keep this anonymous since I work at a school in Japan and fear that my opinions might offend parents or coworkers. I feel that the Dec. 13 editorial, “ An education in violence,” got it right when it stated that “Schools need to provide clear guidance and well-defined boundaries, but this clarity must be balanced by reasonable flexibility and student autonomy, too.”

The editorial was slightly wrong to blame the economy or “hard times” for the recent trend of violence in schools. Violence has risen in schools due to a lack of consequences and punishments at school. When students act up, there is very little a teacher can do in the way of stopping the student other than deliver sharp words, which are almost always ignored or returned with filthy words from the students.

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