Columbine Shooting

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Columbine Shooting

On April 20, 1999 two young men from the city of Littleton, Colorado went on rampage causing a massacre. In total there were thirteen casualties; twelve students and one lone teacher. Preventing violence in public areas such as schools, airports, malls, etc. security must be increased. Violence can happen anywhere therefore security in schools and public places should be increased.

In our society we always wait until things happen to act upon them. In many instances not just the Columbine High School Shooting: most recent the Northern Illinois University, and Virginia tech shootings. Most of the time these acts are committed by students who are so called “not cool”, in other words students who don’t fit in with the overall population of the high school or college/university. The two kids involved with the columbine shootings, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were regular high school students who worked at a pizza parlor together and were involved with sports. Although they seemed like your regular teenage kids, they weren’t. The Columbine scandal was being planned out almost a year before it actually happen. If the parents would have just checked out their kids rooms they would have found that something was wrong because they had guns and bombs put away. Security in all has to be increased everywhere and it starts in the household (Rosenberg). If the parents would have simply done a room check they could have

saved the lives of all the High School students who went through this horrible massacre. The two boys were able to deceive a very large group of people into thinking everything was alright when everything wasn’t. As referred to earlier these violent acts were committed mainly by students who felt as they weren’t part of the overall population of the class. “Like Columbine and, indeed, most high schools, Somers High has its contingents of jocks, brains, burnouts and goths, the black-clad demimonde to which Mr. Harris and Mr. Dylan apparently belonged.”(Zielbauer). In addition to the parents, friends and family members could have also helped detect the problem with Dylan and Eric. They could have indeed sent them to get psychological help of some sort to prevent what had happened.

While I was attending Bloomfield College there was a student who always walked around and never spoke to anyone. At times I was afraid and I would think to myself that he was thinking of a way to do away with all the people he disliked and made fun of him. He really didn’t fit into any groups sort of like Dylan and Eric. When I would see him alone I would go and talk to him and invite him to events that the school would be holding. Maybe by me not being a bystander I helped him cope with the differences many of the students had from Bloomfield College to his old High School. I remember once me and Chris spoke for over an hour about the things he enjoyed doing on his free time. As the semester went on he seemed to not walk around with the same angry face. He seemed to feel somewhat comfortable with his surroundings and started actually talking to different people and making friends. Although he scared me I still took a chance and spoke to him and he felt like part of the overall population.

Even though security wasn’t a factor here it could have been if his situation would have escalated to the level where he may have taken action against all the people he disliked. The Resident Assistant , also known as the RA, could have recommended him to go speak to a counselor or maybe he could have spoken to him himself. These little things are what prevent these kids from committing horrible acts. The young man from the Virginia Tech shootings was not at all associated with his roommates at all. As I can recall from watching the news, his roommates would always try and talk to him and engage in conversation with...
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