Kenya has recorded several murder cases in the past few years. It is very sad how many people succumb to sudden painful deaths. What is more disturbing is the fact that the higher percentage of those committing such animosity are actually the young generation who are in school.

Here are some of the reasons that may have caused increase in such cases;

  1. Bad influence
  2. Erosion of cultural values
  3. Imitation
  4. Abuse
  5. Impact of environment
  6. Mental health
  7. Violent nature

1. Bad influence
The kind of people a student spends their time will impact them in one way or another. Sometimes one may have to indulge in unthinkable things in order to be ‘accepted’ or to even fit in. This is where one finds themselves participating in murder just to show how much they can fit in.

2. Erosion of cultural values
In the African culture, children are taught to be respectful to each other and to their elders. Once one forgets about such important values, that is when they fail to respect life. Many Kenyan parents fail to introduce their kids to such, assuming that they know. This is why students murder each other for the most unacceptable reasons.

3. Imitation
The 21st century is a time where technology is rapidly evolving. This poses greater danger to parents and society. Children are now exposed to the internet and social media. However, the internet is not all that friendly as it has all kinds of content. Everyone has their own idols and kids might end up imitating what these people do in order to feel more connected.

4. Abuse
Some kids commit murders because of abuse. They may be traumatized to the point where they see that murdering someone is the only way to free themselves.

5. Impact of environment.
Whether it is a home or school environment, children are usually affected. Situations where children witness an argument at home among their parents, or even a fight, affects them so much. Such little things can affect a child’s perspective of life in so many ways.

6. Mental health
Mentally unstable kids might murder without clear intention of murder. This is very rare but it happens.

7. Violent nature.
Some people usually have a violent nature that makes them react to situations aggressively. This aggressiveness can sometimes result to murder when things get out of control.

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