There are many different types of school violence. The one that gets the most public attention is school shootings. The term school shooting is basically defined as an act where a student, school staff member, or intruder from the outside commits an act on the school campus. One of the most well known school shootings took place at Columbine High School near Littleton, Colorado. On a Tuesday April 20,1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, took the lives of thirteen other students before taking the lives of their own. When we think of events like this, we have many questions that go through our mind. Thoughts like why did this happen, could it have been prevented, and how did impact the individuals involved just to name a few. There are probably several more thoughts that go through the minds of a nation when we hear about traumatic evens such as a school shooting.
In 2007, thirty-three students and faculty were shot and killed by a former classmate at Virginia Tech University. The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was a senior at Virginia Tech and was majoring in English. Two years earlier before the attack, Cho was ordered by a judge to seek help after making suicidal remarks to his roommate.
Almost every day on the news, there are reports of school shootings, police killings, and violence in the streets. “There have been 142 school shootings since 20 elementary school students and six adults were killed by gunman Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012.” (Washington Post, 2015) In less than 3
Violence involving firearms is nothing new to anyone who turns on the news. The National Institute of Justice conducted a National Crime Victimization Survey and concluded in 2011 that 467,321 people were victims of a crime involving a firearm. They also discuss that data collected from the FBI on the same year showed that firearms were used in 68% of murders, 41% of robberies and 21% of aggravated assaults (National Institute of Justice, 2013). What turned the tables on gun laws was the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary. The events that took place on December 14, 2014 forced the Obama administration to address current laws so to ward off future crimes of this capacity, but the incidents keep on happening. Statistics has shown that, since the December 2012 incident at Sandy Hook, there have been 44 school shootings and 28 deaths resulting from the use of guns (Moms Demand Action & Mayors Against Illegal Guns, 2014). Not only did the school shooting demand attention to the gun laws, but so did other incidents of mass violence with the use of guns. A story published by the Huffington Post titled, “There Have Been More Mass Shootings since Newtown than You've Heard About,” stated that 16 mass shootings occurred since ...
Licensed to Carry Hand gun, Tasers, and pocket knifes; in a crisis these lifesaving devices are literally the differences between life and death. Safely, and securely millions of Americans are in possession of concealed weapons. Owned by law biding citizens, these weapons, hidden from public view, are not only protected by the Constitution giving all citizens the right to obtain and own them, but are able to limit gruesome and inhumane acts from occurring. Concealed weapons have had a drastic impact on the violent crime category. John Lott, owner of a doctorate from UCLA, presented statistics revealing armed citizens reduced homicides by 8.5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, rapes by 5%, and robberies by 3% (Pros).
Another huge concern is that there can be mass shootings because the assault weapons don't have smaller ammunation magazines. If no law is passed their can be another mass shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn., (Fredreka Democrats) or like the the most recent one in San Bernardino, Calif., (Richard). But the federal governmet doesn't want to pass an law even though found evidence of magazines holding more than ten bullets at a time. According to Patrik, Jonsson "in the Newtown shooting Mr. Lanza used a springloaded magazine that holds 30 bullets each or James Holmes in Aurora, Colo., had a drum magazine that held 100 bullets and shot 70 people in less than 90 seconds." But still the supreme court doesn't want to make a law to outlaw high
Several events have occurred throughout history that have changed the way humans look at things and act. Every war, natural disaster, personal conflict, or any other major event causes a new way of thinking that an individual or population has not experienced before. Unfortunately, many times disastrous events cause the new and improved thoughts that have shaped the world we live in. One of the more recent, but certainly key, events that have shaped our world are school shootings. While there have been many different school shootings across America, each one had a different effect. The school shootings that occurred in Littleton, Colorado and Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania were both very different, but had similar devastating effects.
From Columbine to Sandy Hook, this country has been showing some serious growth in violence among students and schools. When it’s so clear to see, all over news reports, social media and everywhere one turns. It’s evident that searching YouTube one can find thousands of videos of students fighting on school grounds and most of them, hearing people egging them on and laughing in the back ground. The insanity that a child would ever feel the need or want to bring a gun or any weapon to a school and hurt the people that child is surrounded by every day, is unfathomable. The violence has seemed to only get worse and it’s possible that school shootings are spreading outside of school; movie theaters, malls, downtown parks, anywhere with a large crowd and someone with a broken fuse can unleash a trail of sheer terror and pain. It’s a despicable event; something that affects the families of the victims, perpetrators and whole community. But when it’s a whole state that is hit, that’s something that is a sad truth for every incident of this nature.
School shootings are becoming almost an everyday thing and a very serious issue. Schools shooting are happening all over the world not just in the United States. The events at Columbine High School changed the world forever and especially the United States.
Preventing School Shootings From 1980’s till now, there are has been many school shootings. Many researchers have made many hypotheses as to why these occur. The most tragic shooting took place in Sandy Hook Elementary. 2. 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.