4 March 2014
Does Survivability Trump Accountability and Liability? Thirteen people in the Columbine High School Shooting died. One was outside, eleven in the library hiding underneath tables, and one teacher who saved all of his students by giving them more time due to fighting back. Although people think it is insane to fight against a gunman, doing something is better than doing nothing. The Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) lockdown drill is the new and improved way for students and faculty to respond utilizing more options. Implementing this program in schools throughout the United States will decrease the number of fatalities in active shooter situations because most emergency responders typically don’t arrive until after the shootings are over. Students, especially in older grade levels, are normally the shooter in a school shooting due to being succumbed by many dismembering and torn things in their lives. Bullying, harassment, and certain things that go on through schools can affect a person mentally and it may subject them to violence. This is not the case for every student though. Some kids crave violence by playing different video games, watching movies, and reading books. Most of the time these teenagers or young adults give off certain signals or warnings and it can help prevent school shootings by stopping them. “… Harris placed a hate-filled message on his website: ‘ I will be coming for EVERYONE and I WILL be armed to the… teeth and I WILL shoot to kill… I do not care if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to do is to kill and injure as many people as possible’ ” (Hasday 16). The student, Eric Harris, who was the mastermind behind the Columbine School Shooting showed signs of violence by stating this. It could have been prevented if the police would have seen the report filed by the parents of the kid Harris wrote this too. However, students and teachers can take action
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