It is very difficult to respond rationally to a national tragedy. For the past two decades the United States has been confronting what appears to be an increasing epidemic school violence, with each additional instance inspiring an ever more rehearsed debate about gun control, mental health, and school security. Many of the proposed solutions to these attacks are hastily composed in the days following an attack, and are based primarily on myths rather than facts. If we intend to improve the situation, we must take a far more measured approach. We must combat this issue based not on our fears, but based on evidence and best-practice. Let’s first discuss some of the common characteristics among shooters. Shooters typically have more than one …show more content…
It is hard to determine all of the reasons why some peers who have prior knowledge of an attack do not come forward, however Fein’s research shows that schools which have healthy relationships between administrators and students have higher rates of reports. In the instances where attacks are avoided because a student came forward with information, it is because there were strong, existing, lines of communication, and positive relationships between students and …show more content…
Roy High School in Roy, Utah, is a notable example of a school that avoided a devastating attack due to student awareness, healthy communication between students and effective investigation. In the PBS documentary, “The Path to Violence” Megan Wehrman recounts receiving text messages one evening from a friend, in which he told her that he and another student were planning something, and that if he ever told her not to go to school one day, she should listen. Early the next morning, after sharing the story with her brother, he encouraged her to tell the school’s principal. Shortly thereafter, the local police department began an investigation, and questioned the boys involved. They learned that the boys were planning to bomb the school. They intended to place two timed explosives in populated locations inside the school. Upon setting the explosives they intended to leave the area, and expected not to be linked to the attack. The investigators found that the boys had been obsessed with school shootings and bombings. One of the two boys had even secretly flown to Columbine, without his family’s knowledge, to interview school staff and victims of the attack. The trip served to provide inspiration and insight for planning his own
Columbine high school was never the same after they made national headlines in 1999. Two students named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were responsible for the killing of thirteen students and wounding twenty others. Also, for the killing of themselves. During the investigation we learned that the students involved were first students, that have been bullied, picked on and loners in the school, the signs were there but ignored by everyone at their homes and school. Due to the shooting at Columbine high school, the world had now seen the effects of school bullying, and mistreatment of each other.
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.
On the days before the shooting the boys had to acquire weapons and ammo but the boys were underaged. They knew a friend who made a purchase for 2 shotguns and a carbine rifle for them. They had a total of 4 guns, 99 explosives, and 4 knives with them during the incident. The boys tried to blow up the school but the explosives didn't go off.
A school shooting is a traumatic event that requires early and effective intervention. Children are vulnerable to psychological stress which can cause devastating effects without proper intervention. The goals of my intervention plan are to clarify the cause of the shooting, stabilize the situation as soon as possible, mobilize necessary resources, normalize of the situation, get the victims to safety and facilitate healing and access to help for those who need it. The first step will be an immediate action of mobilizing the necessary personnel and resources to aid in the intervention process.
Columbine High School Massacre and How it Impacted Public Security “Do you believe in God?” This was the last thing Rachel Scott, a recently born-again Christian, had heard before telling Eric Harris yes and then being shot to death at point blank range. This quote is from the infamous Columbine High School mass shooting in Littleton, Colorado. This incident caused much outrage and questioning from many parents and students about the safety of their well-being while in school. The concerns quickly leaked into the minds of US citizens, as nobody felt safe anywhere in public after the tragedy.
Evidence shows they were planning for a year to bomb the school in an attack similar to the Oklahoma City bombing (Columbine Shooting, 2018). "Harris was described as the callously brutal mastermind, while Klebold was a quivering depressive who journaled obsessively about love and attended the Columbine prom three days before opening fire" (Columbine Shooting, 2018). Police have been trained more thoroughly for school shooting now that they are happening more often. They are putting the police through real scenario situations of an active-shooter. After this school shooting occurred many schools promoted a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive behavior and threats of violence from students.
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).
Many schools in today’s society suffer from shootings at some point while children are attending school. Shootings in schools are not a new occurrence, and America has dealt with multiple shootings in public schools in which the lives of many children and teachers have been undeservingly taken (Elliott 528). Because of school shootings, this leaves our children in danger with no way to protect themselves. Gun violence in schools is an evident problem, and there are several ways to reduce the number of incidents, such as mental health screening for owners of guns, interconnectedness of communities, and more school funding.
School Shootings: How We All Miss the Point... The aftermath of a school shooting is tragic, depressing, and causes hatred for the lives lost and the person who took them. Everyone, especially the media, tries to interpret why the shooter killed their victims, or why they felt the need to end others’ lives and their own. How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings, by Mark Manson, explains what and why these mass shootings happen. He starts by using examples of shootings and the murderer’s past.
The school environment is one that has been stressed to be a safe and enjoyable place to learn. However, for many individuals, that is not the case. Students around the world have very unique experiences at school, which can unfortunately become abhorrent. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and average of 96 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each day (Gun Violence by the Numbers). There are several causes of death by gun violence, but one of the causes that have become a growing problem is school shootings.
(NY Daily News) B. (Subpoint 2) Traumatic experiences like physical and sexual abuse will impact young individuals negatively and eventually cause them to lash out with gun violence. 1. (Sub-subpoint 1) Traumatized shooters come from dysfunctional families, in contrast with shooters that are psychopathic. The shooters have all faced some sort of physical/sexual abuse and have had at least one parent with a criminal record.
Guns have no role in our country schools. Schools and colleges are places of education. Students should be free to learn in an environment away from every day violence. The catastrophes that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, and Virginia Tech. confirm the penetrating conclusion guns have in our nation’s schools. Violence on campus has Students, Parent, and University Staff all concerned and looking for preventative measures.
For thousands of shooting crimes happening in the U.S., many of them have the titles started with “elementary school” or “women”. Most recently, a six-year-old boy was injured and died during a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school, and the Sandy Hook Elementary school. These killings lead to the losing of lives and the sorrow for those families. Those primary students do not know how to use a gun, or they do not hold guns to school. So they cannot benefit from the self-defense function from guns, the only thing they get is the life threat
The video that made me think the most, was Prison Kids: Juvenile Justice in America. They interviewed many kids, parents and the government officials who worked alongside these programs. This video was the most interesting to me because you do not hear much about kids being arrested. The video goes into something that was discussed in class several times, as well as a controversial topic in society.
Flash forward to the night of Thursday, April 18th, 2013; I am huddled in a corner with three of my friends in our dormitory - Forest. The phone rings leading us to an automated recording, “Police are searching the area in an effort to find the men who caused Monday’s bombing. Shots have been fired… a campus police officer is dead… possible bombs on the T…everyone is on lockdown.” Aside from the Blackhawks overhead, campus was inaudible; on every corner there are men with machine guns and snipers on top of our academic buildings. Eventually police