Preventing School Shootings More than 100 people have died as a result of school shootings in the year 2013 alone. Of this number, women and children, brothers, and sisters, moms and dads. School shootings are tragic events that affect the lives of so many. There needs to be more of an effort to stop this from happening, and most importantly the loss of innocent lives. There are a lot of other issues that go into why someone decides to commit a mass murder, and so often these reason go unexplored.
This school shooting is somewhat different because there was one police officer on duty at the school who was carrying a weapon, however not one teacher was licensed to carry. Once again had there been someone physically on the campus that was carrying a handgun there’s a possibility that these two would not have been able to cause so much bloodshed either. Wouldn’t you feel a great sense of relief if you knew that your child was being protected at all cost while at school? Teachers carry a lot of weight on their shoulders just by walking into the classroom daily. This added level of security would not only protect our children but it also protects the teachers and other staff members as well.
I believe that we should prevent shootings from happening in schools because schools are meant to be a safe education environment for students and faculty. There are many ways that school shootings can be prevented and the two most important ones are hiring more school security officers and having counselors help out troubled kids. Since 1980 till now, there have been many school shootings. Many innocent lives have been taken. Schools have become less safe.
However, their are many possible ways we can stop this violence in schools. One positive step to engage in this process is to install metal detectors into the schools of children everywhere. Since schools have gotten metal detectors and scanners, they have cut down the rate of having handguns in schools by nearly 58%(Glazer 5). People think that carrying guns around schools with them will make them cool or fit in with other people like themselves. By issuing these metal detectors, students who carry guns to schools for this reason could possibly be easily discouraged from doing so.
All over the country, many students fear entering school buildings because they know it is a place where they may be teased, bullied, and physically or mentally abused. Educators must be aware of these issues and educate themselves on how to keep students safe both in and out of school. The American Federation of Teachers (2010) suggest in order for school violence to decrease there must be a district wide commitment to safe, orderly schools, including a real effort by district officials to stand behavior school employees with the support they need – and a commitment by administrators to forge a cooperative effort with school employees aimed at educating students, parents and member of the community about the need for tough but fair discipline policies (Behavior-Management Techniques for Safe Schools pg. 2). Moreover, schools need involvement from all stakeholders in the school district to ensure proper plans are put in place to deal with violence appropriately when situations arise.
Violence in our schools is an issue that has become more prominent in the last few years. News articles about violent deeds within the school setting are on the increase. Our society demands that schools are safe for our children. In order to maintain a peaceful environment for all, we must address and inform our schools, children, and parents as well as the neighboring communities about the issue of school violence. As David W. Johnson, the author of Reducing School Violence states, “To eliminate violence and resolve destructive conflicts, schools must first admit that such conflicts are out of control.” (Johnson 7) Schools in general must identify with these issues in order to deal with them.
He killed twenty first graders an... ... middle of paper ... ... a high school student, I don’t take much stock in the safety codes and drills in place to keep students safe in the event of a shooting. I would feel much safer knowing my teacher has the ability to protect the class, rather than hide and lock the door. An educator is responsible for the students in their class. They are responsible for their education and their safety while the children are in their classroom. The safety of fifteen or more students would be much more easily secured by one person if that person was armed.
The increase in violence, drugs, and weapons in schools has directed our attention to the need to talk all reasonable steps to ensure a safe learning environment for students and teachers. Some citizens and teacher blame this on public schooling. There are many organizations that try to help end school violence such as SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere). Other countries such as Germany and Canada have witnessed school violence in their community. I believe that this is not only a United States problem, but also a global problem that quickly needs to be resolved.
There should be a new approach when dealing with this situation and it needs to start with educating the community. The typical anti-violence measures most schools are now taking are increased security, police in the hallways, and zero tolerance. Increased security in schools is to believe to alleviate school violence because of the increase of shootings in schools by students possessing guns. Some high schools have adopted the idea of having metal detectors as students walk in to make sure they are not carrying any weapons. Additionally, police in the hallways is another anti-violence measure that some schools use when teachers and
Bullying cannot be ignored, and if it is, it will only lead to bigger problems and will cause more deaths. Without the proper communication and programs we provide, bullying will continue to threaten kids and adults around the World. Help us stop Bullying today. Conclusion Bullying is a problem that desperately needs to be solved. Bullying needs to be stopped at peoples homes, schools, and online.