- Social withdrawal.
- Excessive feelings of isolation or being alone.
- Excessive feelings of rejection.
- Being a victim of violence.
- Feelings of being picked on and persecuted.
- Low school interest and poor academic performance.
- Expression of violence in writing and drawings.
- Uncontrolled anger.
- Patterns of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, and bullying behaviors.
- History of discipline problems.
- History of violent and aggressive behavior.
- Intolerance for differences and prejudicial attitudes.
- Drug use and alcohol use.
- Affiliation with gangs.
- Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms.
- Serious threats of violence (also an imminent warning sign).
These are 16 warning signs of a potentially violent student. As mentioned, the list is not exhaustive, nor is it conclusive.
If you have a friend who is exhibiting multiple warning signs you may want to speak to one of your teachers about the behavior, or consult professional help. These types of behaviors are generalizations that must be evaluated by a professional rather than judgments made by peers. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.