Autor: Zorica MRŠEVIĆ

Publicat în: Journal Of Eastern European Criminal Law no. 1/2018

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Abstract: This paper contributes to a better perception of the phenomenology of peer violence, but also to the perception of the role, scope, significance and characteristics of media reporting on peer violence. Presented are the most recent cases of peer violence from the last two months of 2017 – November and December – and the first five months of 2018. Attitudes, analyses, comments and interviews with experts are also used from previous years – 2010 to 2018. The main characteristics of the multi-annual media approach to this topic are the regularity of case reporting, as well as the research for causes, and consequently, possible solutions to the challenges. The media draws attention to the dangers of this social phenomena, which must not go unnoticed, such as the phenomenon of peer group violence, the similarities and analogies with adult violence, the minimization of violence by schools, and the oftenly supporting role of the violent children’s parents. Despite changes that may indicate the increased complexity and seriousness of the phenomenon of peer violence, we believe that these are not of such a nature that they should be met by more severe sanctions, largely due to the fact that the existing preventive possibilities have not yet been exhausted.

Keywords: peer violence; media reporting; school violence; group violence; parents of abusers; analogy with adult violence; anti-school culture.