Mental Illness In School Shootings

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at home but they are also being injured in school. “From 1993 through 2009, the percentage of students who were threatened or injured with a weapon fluctuated between 7% and 9%. In 2009, the percentage of male students who reported being threatened or injured in the past year was nearly twice as high as the percentage of female students (10% and 5%, respectively).” (Meadows 129). The person who is most likely to be a perpetrator for this type of act is someone who is depressed, has anger management, and has suicidal thoughts. It is said that a majority of these children who do attack at schools live in a two-parent household. They say that these parents never really pay attention to their schoolwork, no supervision, and have no idea what is going on in their normal activities. This lack of knowledge really defines how a person…show more content…
These are the type of children to most likely be picked on because they are not like other students. This violent act has increased in recent years from 2000-2013 and since 2013 there have been about 215 school shootings. We do not know as to why these mass shootings have been more frequent but it does not necessarily have to do with mental illness. Even though many mass shooters have mental illness it does not mean that these mental illnesses have been increasing to result in a mass shooting. “While many mass shooters had mental-health problems, as the Mother Jones data shows, there is no reason to believe that there has been an increase in mental illness rates in the last several years that could help explain the rise in mass shootings. (In fact, federal research on the prevalence of severe mental illness shows a decrease in recent years.)” (Cohen). The definition for school shooting is when anyone brings in a firearm in a school building and starts shooting. There has been an average about a shooting once a week since 2013. These communities are feared about sending their children to school when
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