Although the attack was almost twenty years ago, the Columbine High School shooting forever changed American schools. To this day, educators, parents, and American communities search for a compromise between school safety and America’s right to bear arms. Multiple regulations and laws have been set in place to make obtaining weapons more difficult, but people are still finding ways around the system. Since the incident at Columbine High School, school shootings have become a common occurrence and little to nothing has been done to resolve the issue of gun violence in America. It’s time to take action before another innocent life is taken too early.
The Columbine High School Massacre took place on April 20, 1999. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were behind the horrible act. While what they did was one of the worst shootings to ever take place in America, it was a well thought-out plan. The two had planted a small bomb about 3 miles from the school as a diversion so they could go through with their heinous crime a little smoother. The bomb went off at 11:14 AM and started a small fire which was quickly extinguished by the fire department.
Why They Did It Columbine High School is a dense populated school with many different types of groups and cliques. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris did not fit into just one individual group, which predominantly classifies them as “outsiders”. Outsiders usually did not hangout with other cliques, and they did not seem to really fit in. Dylan and Eric were no exception and kept to themselves most of the time.
(The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated-Staros). Students have many rights; but, it is the right of the school to search students when there is reasonable suspicion of a threat. An example of this is the court case TLO v New Jersey. " T.L.O. was a high school student. School officials searched her purse suspecting she had cigarettes.
The Columbine shooting took place on April 20, 1999. Two boys from the high school shot and killed many people, including one teacher. They had been planning the attack for months. They took innocent lives. Many questions have been asked about this and the one mostly asked was “Why did they do it?”.
On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School became nationally known as the location where 17 innocent students, friends, family members, and coworkers became the victims of Nikolas Cruz’s brutality. On December 14, 2012, 20 innocent children were stripped away from being the future of America, and 6 adults who woke up with the intention to provide them an education were murdered on the hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The list of these tragic events continues extensively, and the number of victims of school violence, unfortunately, follow the same sequence. The crucial similarity of the schools affected was their lack of improved and enforced security. Similarly, school security procedures and measures currently in place are not effective in preventing violence.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, metal detectors were being installed in many New York City public schools. Their purpose are to maintain a safe and secure environment. Even today, you will find metal detectors in almost every public school in New York City. I’ve graduated from an NYC public high school where we had full time scanning, which means that every day we had to go through scanning, take off our belts, jewelry, and any other metallic items. As a result, many students are often late to class due to long lines of students waiting to be scanned.
Media Violence Causes Violent Behaviour Two boys, Eric and Dylan, wreaked carnage on the Columbine High School in the US state Colorado on 20 April 1999. The boys shot twelve fellow students and one teacher. Eric and Dylan commit suicide. “Before the carnage, the boys played a videogame called ‘Doom’. The boys behaved like their game heroes” (Mediapsychologie, 2011, p. 140).
On April 20, 1999, not only American people but also the whole occidental world were rocked by the unfortunately news about the massacre perpetrated by two high-school students against their classmates in USA, Columbine High School, which had as result twelve dead students, one dead teacher and twenty four students were wounded. This fact generated a tremendous shock: two teenagers shot their classmates, they were armed with two rifles, one semiautomatic carbine, other powerful gun more and a pump of propane; finally they committed suicide. The question arises: why did this tragedy happen? Of course, there were a lot of voices with the possible answers. One of the most prominent and that during many years causes controversy was of Michael Moore throughout his documentary called metaphorically Bowling for Columbine.
Schools aren’t safe enough for kids. On April 20th, 1999, there was a school shooting at Columbine High School. 13 people died, 12 students and 1 teacher (CNN). That was because they didn’t have any safety procedures to follow. They all went under tables.
School-related shootings, particularly those that are dramatic in nature, evoke strong public outcry, and justifiably so. Following an apparent spate of incidents occurring between 1997 and 2001, it seemed as if the USA was on the brink of a moral panic concerning delinquency to young youth. Since then, "Columbine has become a keyword for a complex set of emotions surrounding youth, risk, fear, and delinquency in 21st century America" (Muschert 2007). One alarmist (Stein 2000) went so far as to label Columbine as a metaphor for a contemporary crisis of youth culture.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were the two people responsible for the Columbine shootings. Eric Harris was born on April 9th, 1981 and Dylan Klebold September 11, 1981. They both passed away on April 20th, 1999 at 12:08PM by gunshots to the head. Eric Harris has had a history of being bullied and antagonized for his personality and the way he dressed. While both the kids seemed like good students, Harris and Klebold both had a darker history.
One of the more memorable stories in the past twenty years is the two young men were responsible for the Columbine massacre in the US. While the Columbine school. This shootings brought world-wide attention to school incidents, but this case was not an isolated, we have a long history of aggressions in schools. A report by the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education in 2002 indicated that in 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks from 1974 to 2000 in this country, found that “over half of the attackers demonstrated some interest in violence through movies, video games, books, and other media”. (Vossekuil B. 2002)
Many schools are considering applying a controversial initiative which is arming teachers because of the fact that school shootings have been happening more often since Columbine. According to the Washington Post ,“...mass public shootings are on the rise, and schools are now viewed as vulnerable targets. One of the deadliest in history claimed 28 lives, including 20 children, after Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012” (Wang). This shooting was the first mass shooting to really make parents consider their children's safety in public schools and have left some wondering what actions can be taken to prevent these shooting Yanan Wang shows the worry in her recent Washington Post article saying, “These