Cases of where this has happened
Columbine High School massacre
Montreal, Canada shooting
How can it be prevented
School Resource officers
Who is committing these crimes?
Outcasts at school
How they form groups
Why is this happening?
Lost of old friends
I would like to first start off by saying that there have been forty five school shootings since 1996 to October 2006. I for one think this is an outrageous amount of shootings and is also one too many after the first one. I'll be the first to admit that there will be violence in school since that is nearly impossible to prevent. Just think of when you where in grade school, there has always been bullies in each grade all the way up to high school. Even in the workplaces now a days there are bullies. I also personally think that school shootings feed off of each other. When a crazed teenager seems to be off track and has no other direction to go they seem to take out there anger on there fellow students. When students see how this affects other communities they realize how big of an impact they can cause, it seems like a better idea to them.
The first major world known shooting was on April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. At the tragic school shooting there were twelve students and one teacher killed along with the two students who committed the crimes committed suicide for a total of fourteen deaths. There were also twenty-three others who were wounded at Columbine High School. The ones who plotted out the deadliest school shooting ever was eighteen year old Eric Harris and seventeen year old Dylan Klebold. Their original game plan took a year to plot and to kill at least five-hundred and blow up their school in doing so.
One of the other most deadly shootings ever took place in Montreal, Canada. This shooting took place on September thirteenth of this year (2006). The shooter was twenty-five year old Kimveer Gill who opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College. He killed Anastasia De Sousa at the age 18 along with wounding more than a dozen students and faculty. Gill killed himself.
There has been three incidents after the Montreal shooting such as the hostage situation in Colorado where one girl was killed, another incident was that a fifteen year old boy shot and killed his principal in Wisconsin, and the last one being the one in the Pennsylvania where 10 Amish girls were hostage and five of them were shot and killed. I choose the Montreal shooting and the Columbine shooting because I see some similarities which I will go in to depth later on in this paper.
While all of these terrible triages are happening there is still one question in everybody's mind. That question would be "How can this all be prevented?" To some people this question may seem simple but that is because they don't know the impact that each of the prevention methods can have on the school.
The use of metal detectors has become a hot issue in many schools. Some schools argue that metal detectors are intrusive, unconstitutional, ineffective, and unnecessary. Others argue that metal detectors are non-intrusive, efficient, and essential to create safer schools. Who is right you may ask yourself? Neither party is right because there are pros and cons on each side of this issue. Metal detectors when used properly can be highly effective in preventing violence in schools, but at the same time they do not work as a perfect solution. They can not single-handedly eliminate violence in schools. Not to mention they do nothing to prevent violence outside of the schools. If you were to ask me, I'd say that even if the metal detectors did not completely end school...
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