School Violence

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As a society, how should we respond to the violence taking place in schools? How do we respond to the traumatic events of the twentieth century, where a series of school shootings lead by students at 12 different schools planned and carried out violent shootings that resulted in the deaths of several students and teachers at each school? These events alone have come from the United States, in fact from Washington, Alaska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Oregon, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and California (Daniels 2011). In July 1998, President Bill Clinton said that this series of school shootings had "seared the heart of America." Our society feels impotent and concerned and most of all aware that this is a situation that needs immediate attention. Call it an epidemic of violence threatening all American schools as some news reports have published. School violence is constantly changing and increasing every day and with little response to the results we hear in the news reports. I think back as a past student growing up in the twentieth century. I recall hearing about the traumatic shootings and their outcome that followed. Thinking back to December 1, 1997, where a student named Michael Carneal, a freshman in West Paducah, Kentucky opened fire on classmates, killing three and wounding five. Then imagine one year later, March 5, 1998, another student Mitchell Woodward shot and killed five classmates and wounded eleven in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Now comes an even more tragic planned shooting not even a year after, which would become an eye opener to so many. These students named Eric Harris and Dylan Kleibold would be known for committing one of the... ... middle of paper ... Interview: Grade 8. Brick Avon Academy. New Jersey Aug. 2011. Herr, Kathryn, and Gary L. Anderson. "Violent youth or violent schools? A critical incident analysis of symbolic violence." International Journal of Leadership in Education 6.4 (2003): 415-433. Business Source Premier. EBSCO. Web. 12 Aug. 2011. Smith, Douglas C., and Daya S. Sandhu. "Toward a Positive Perspective on Violence Prevention in Schools: Building Connections." Journal of Counseling & Development 82.3 (2004): 287-293. Business Source Premier. EBSCO. Web. 12 Aug. 2011. Vossekuil, Bryan. The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States. Washington, D.C: The Secret Service, 2002. Print. Weller, Robert. Columbine families share Virginia Tech sorrow. AP News, Internet Resource, Copyright 2007.

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