School shootings are a reoccurring problem in the United States. As of 2018, there have been over 18 school shootings in America (Cuddy). However, this is nothing new to us. Every year they are countless reports of school shootings ending in injury or death. It should be obvious that schools are the safest place for parents to send their children during the day, the sad truth is, it is not.
Majority of killings occuring in schools are caused by guns. Metal detectors could be the first action taken to sense a gun entering the school, giving everyone in the school a lot more time to save themselves and others from a catastrophic event. They are inexpensive and school funding is not an issue as a good amount of money goes untouched by schools yearly. Metal detectors could also prevent gunmen from entering the school, or any student with a weapon, by seeing the metal detectors. They will not be timely, as it is already a material placed in areas such as airports or public libraries.
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: THE SECOND AMENDMENT Although only one finger pulls the trigger in school shootings, there are many different components that lead up to that final twitch of a finger. To just blame the shooter does not look deeper into the issues that surround premeditated school violence. Was it the parents that pushed the adolescent over the edge? The teachers? The peers?
All of these schools remain safe from shooters for one reason: the teachers are already armed and ready to protect the children inside at all costs. The reason behind these schools being armed is that the states they’re in are bleak and barren, where it could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes for police officers to arrive (Shah, “Debated”). There are already over eight states arming teachers in the U.S. Colorado, New Jersey, Texas, Connecticut, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arkansas already have weapons on campus. The nation agrees, too; 64 percent of Americans polled believe that some form of security needs to be in place in schools. So, due to the fact that these teachers are armed, this is why shooters
Metal detectors can protect schools from violence, especially from school shootings. To end the violence, metal detectors should be placed in every public school across America to ensure the safety of the school 's students and staff. Public schools in America have been challenged a lot in the past few years. They have been constantly questioned due to recent school shootings. The most recent tragedy occurred where “seventeen people [were] killed by a gunman [on February 14, 2018] at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida” (Levenson and Sterling).
Now imagine being the police officer that came into that room and saw twenty-seven dead bodies laying on the ground with the shooters head blown off (Sandy Hook). This is why teachers should be able to have the ability to carry a gun in the classroom not just for their own safety, but also for the safety of the the students. All the teachers had to do was defend the classroom for two and a half minutes and all those kids would have lived. In past events parents have been scared to put their kids through today 's school system. Most people would ask why, which the
Since that event, about 65 people who have committed a school shooting have referenced Columbine as a motive. In addition, there has been over 250 shootings since that fateful day in 1999 (Pearle). To deal with these tragic occurrences, the government has opened the debate on gun laws and regulations. But this debate often leads to officials being unable to make up their minds or whole groups of people being split on their opinion. This causes a stalemate that does not help our nation 's current situation.
“Since 1990, there have been 22 shootings at elementary and secondary schools in which two or more people were killed” (Fox). These terrifying statistics plant fear in the hearts of parents and students alike. Children feeling unsafe in school disrupts their education and ability to focus on tasks. As well, there are many loopholes to gun purchasing restrictions in the United States. If a person served 11 months in prison, but not a year, they can still purchase a firearm with no problem.
Now some people counterclaim or go against that. For example, “A teacher who is also a reserve police officer trained in firearm use ‘accidentally’ discharged a gun Tuesday at Seaside High School in Monterey County, Calif., during a class devoted to public safety, school officials said in a statement. A male student was reported to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries”. So that is a reason why some people don 't want teachers to have guns in the school. Also parents, just thinking about having ubs in the school would freak them out and some parents would probably try and take their child out of school and protest but it is for the school system own
Since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, there has been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those 239 events, more than 400 people have been shot, of those 438, 138 were killed. 138 daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers went to school one day and never made it home (Patel). In response to the school shootings, schools use lock down drills to help prepare students and staff for an unspeakable event if one were to occur. Lock down drills’ purpose is to help prepare students and staff by making everyone aware of what the plan is when there is an intruder in the school.
I don’t ever remember a time where there weren’t security cameras in school hallways, but apparently before massive school shootings it wasn’t unheard of to be in a school with zero security cameras. Our school has never experienced a shooting, but we are prepared for one just the same as a school that has had one in the past. Many schools go even further than we do here at OHS in their security acts. Two years ago when our school went into lockdown, I was in Geometry class. None of my classmates or myself knew what was going on at the time; we just continued to follow the lesson that Mr. Koepplin was teaching on the board.
Gladwell article was agreeable and disagreeable. There is a lot of school shooting happening, but it 's not getting popular and everyone isn 't going to start shooting up their school. The article has some agreeable saying, but yet there are some that you have to think about and realized it 's all wrong. In the article they give examples on how the teens that do shoot up their schools or just schools in general have the same mindset, but that 's not true. They all have different reasons why they do it.
I feel that the people ever allowed to bring guns onto school grounds are law enforcement. Many people, such as myself, would not feel safe being in a school environment being around people with guns on their hip. We come to school to learn and to hopefully feel safe, but having tons of people with guns on them would not make me feel safe whatsoever. Yes, if there ever was a school shooting on campus, it could help bring the victim level down if there is someone in the area of the shooter. School shootings are pretty rare even though they have been more frequent recently.
Having an Honor Code will fracture the trust that students have with teachers. Would the honor Code really be worth all the examples of division among student body and faculty that I talked about. The answer is No, it wouldn’t be, because Fairmont Heights need a balance and it has it. Students keep to themselves and let other students do their own thing and deal with their own problems. The balance is key to the continuation of Fairmont Heights social order and without it, things would be much worse in the the eyes of students like