eternal rule." ( Buddha.) Beginning in 1997, the frequency of
school shootings has been increasing at an alarming rate. On
December 1, 1997, Mike Carneal walks into Heath High School in
Paducah, Kentucky and opens fire on a daily prayer group. When
the spray of bullets ceased, three young girls lay dead and five
others were wounded. Classmates claim that Carneal hung out
with people who did not believe in God and would sometimes
heckle the morning worshippers. Carneal had also been in trouble
for scratching graffiti on a wall and trying to view nude photos on
Just five months into 1998, the 5th school shooting takes
place in Springfield, Oregon on May 21. Kip Kinkel allegedly
walked into Thurston High School and opened fire just 24 hours
after being suspended for having a gun at school. One student was
killed, nineteen others wounded, and Kinkel's parents were
reportedly found dead in their home afterwards. His friends voted
him "Most Likely to Start World War III". Kinkel was described as
looking for trouble and cursing both students and teachers. Friends
say he bragged about building bombs, torturing animals, and
wanting to kill people.
In these two cases and many others like them, a cry for help
was made long before anyone had to die. Unfortunately, this cry
for help went unheard and two young men did not receive the help
they so desperately needed. What would have happened if these
two boys would have received crisis counseling, whether in-school
or out-of-school at the first sign of violent or troubled behav...
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...rnight either. As Gandhi said, "You must be the change you
wish to see in the world". I believe it will be a long hard fight but
if we work together as a community we may be able to, once again
send our children to school without the fear that it may be the last
time we see them alive.
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"Perpetrators of School Violence".
"An Overview of Strategies to Reduce School Violence".
"Measures to Ensure School Safety".
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School Violence Quiz. http://msnbc.com/
Other School Shootings. http://www.angelfire.com/
Inspirational Quotes Webpage. http://www.cyber-nation.com/victory/quotations
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