School Shootings

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Liza Sencion
Two students killed and thirteen others left wounded, six schoolmates shot by fellow classmate, 13 people dead and 23 wounded in a High School, Four girls and a teacher are shot to death and 10 people wounded during a false alarm in school…Those were the headlines of all newspapers at one time or another. High School shootings have been occurring throughout the United States. Why is it that a student would come into their school and open fire? Why is it that no one notices the signs before the incident? How is it possible that they were able to bring the firearm into the school? Those are some questions people need answers to, especially those concerned with what will happen next.

Is there enough being done to end gun violence in schools? Yes there are metal detectors in some schools but is that enough? Shouldn't they make metal detectors mandatory in every school, more security guards should be hired and Identifications should be shown by everyone who enters the building. There should be precautions taken but of course there isn't enough fundings to buy metal detectors and hire more security guards or even to buy the machines to make identification cards. Its hard to believe that there isn't enough money out there to increase school safety but there is enough money that the government is able to cut down taxes. Tax payers pay for campaigns but why doesn't our taxes go off to help make schools safer for our children?

Students should not be afraid to attend school. School should be a safe environment where teenagers could be teenagers and not feel intimidated. CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, is a school based survey designed to produce a sample of risk behaviors of students ages 9-12. In the CDC Media Relations web page the 1997 statistics show that 8.3% of high school students carry a weapon (e.g., gun, knife, or club) to school and 7.4% of high school students were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property throughout the year. In the report also included was that nationwide, 4% of students had missed 1 or more days of school during 30 days preceding the survey because they had felt unsafe at school or when traveling to or from school. Theses statistics show that students are afraid of going to school, they don't feel safe and something should be done to change that. There should be no reason that students need to bring weapons to school in order to feel safe. According to a recent report issued by the Department of Education, over 6,000 students were expelled in 1996-1997 for bringing guns to their public schools. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to buy a gun and anyone under 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun. The reason teens buy guns is because many people have them and they fear that one day they will get into a dilemma and get shot so they believe that they will be safer carrying guns. . In 1996, 5 percent of all 12th graders reported that they had been injured on purpose with a weapon such as a knife, gun, or club during the prior 12 months while they were at school, and 12 percent reported that they had been injured on purpose without a weapon. This number has not significantly changed during the past 20 years. Between 1993 and 1997, there was an overall decline in the percentage of students in grades 9 to 12 who reported carrying a weapon to school at least 1 day in the prior 30 days. About 3 percent of high school seniors reported carrying a gun to school at least 1 day during the previous 4 weeks. In the 1992-93 and 1993-94 school years combined, 63 students ages 5-19 were murdered at school. The number of multiple –victim homicide events at school has increased, from two in the 1992-93 school year to six in 1997-98.

A survey conveyed by Sarah Tippit from Reuters on April 2nd, 2000 was called "Many Students Used Violence Last Year". A majority of U.S. teens say they used violence in the past year, and one in five high school-age boys took a weapon to school,...
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