With all of the school shootings that have happened lately I’m sure that most parents would want their child protected at any cost. As of January 2014, there had been an average of one school shooting every other school day. What are the schools doing to protect our kids when they are away from us at school? What more can be done to protect them? We are not able to be with our kids while they are at school, but we surely want to know that if a gunman does try to enter the school, there are measures in place to protect them.
Schools have become less safe. People blame either bad parenting or video games. Bullying is another factor as to why students end up shooting at schools and then ending their own life. It is so tragic and must be stopped. There are plenty of ways we can prevent school shootings and one of them is by adding more school security officers.
Elected officials are not adequately addressing the issue because violence and shootings keep occurring more often. Officials have only addressed the issue of school violence, once a major publicized event has occurred. For example, once a core event like Sandy Hook happened, people have been trying to find a better solution in order to protect schools from having another devastating event happen. I think school violence is brushed under the table by many people. People realize the event after it happens and never follow through on an exact plan to solve the problem.
Most students, parents, and educators don’t think violence will happen or is happening at their school, but violence is happening in almost every school. School violence doesn’t look at socioeconomic status, or race, or anything. School Violence is an equal opportunity afflicter. Violence not only poses a threat to individual students, but it also “disrupts the learning process and has a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the broader community” (CDC 2013). One of the most frightening things, as an educator and even as fellow peers, is watching the violence take place.
The evidence shown previously proves that increasing the amount of school resource officers on campus will decrease the threat of a mass shooting on schools. It is impossible to find the exact amount of crimes committed that has gone undetected previous to the introduction of law enforcement in schools. However, now that they have been introduced, most of the crime happening in schools can be caught. This results in the decrease of potential threats to the school. Not only could this method decrease the chance of a school shooting, but there are also many methods that could assist this difficulty.
School shootings have gotten to the point where parents are afraid to send their own children to school. School should be a place where parents, children and faculty feel safe, wouldn’t you want to be safe somewhere that you attend every single day? After many school shootings throughout the nation, schools have changed the ways of not only the government and schools districts but of concerned citizens as well. The one real question that we have to ask is how many more of these and how many more deaths need to happen for real action to take place? This was answered after the Sandy Hook shooting.
“I’d see why he did it and I would pray with him” (Bragg, “Forgiveness”). Mass school shootings have been a nightmare for many students, parents, and teachers. No doubt, the tragedy of this needless violence will not be restricted to the twentieth century. Psychologists and educators have looked for answers, but they have found few that really can help them anticipate and prevent random, apparently unmotivated acts of violence. Metal detectors, school evacuation plans, and improved counseling can reduce the likelihood of another tragic killing spree.
School shootings have been occurring all over the country. All of these school incidents are leading to one or more deaths. Many people think that it will never happen to them, but it could. After a school shooting occurs it may seem like everything is different, and has changed. This is the reason why many students are afraid to go to school and is so concerned about their safety.
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. Physical violence is defined as an “aggressive behavior where the actor or perpetrator uses his or her own bo... ... middle of paper ... ... in grade school. We are concerned about bullying and teasing, and taunting. We can spend all the money in the world on security around the school, but it won’t do much good if students don’t feel safe inside the school” (Coloroso p. 27). When students come to school they should not do so in fear.
The school system is sometimes more worried about the students succeeding in life and not realizing that there is a problem with the student and that he/she may need some mental attention. The media is always right there when tragedy strikes. Are people trying to get the attention of the media when they a creating a horrific act? Many schools have implemented intervention and prevention programs, but are they working? Schools are trying to prevent school violence because of the horrific school shooting that has happened in the past.