School should be a place of peace and opportunity, but gaps in the system of gun control threatens the safety of faculty and students. School shootings have killed a total of 297 lives, young and old (Slate Magazine). Gun control has been a continuous nationwide debate for many years. It seems that no one wants to take a stance against guns unless they are personally affected. In order to take control of the matter and prevent more incidents from continuing schools need to change. To achieve a safe environment in schools need to educate faculty, safe and students, heighten security, and assess mental health issues.
Whereas the causes of school violence are mostly theoretical, the effects of mass school shootings are stark and terrible. In the past twenty years there have been many incidents, both small and large scale, of shooting in schools. Two of the most well known of these are the Columbine shooting in 1999 and the Sandy-Hook shooting in 2012. Twenty-six people were killed in the Sandy-Hook shooting and thirteen in the Columbine shooting (“School Safety Timeline.”). One boy described his experience at the Sandy-Hook shooting as, “I saw some of the bullets going past the hall that I was right next to, and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom” ("What Happened in Newtown”). It is hard to imagine the terror and life-long effects that such an incident would cause among children. These stories cause a fear in many students that makes it difficult to create an environment for learning. It is obvious that something must be done to protect children of all ages in public school.
Raise awareness of safeguarding issues in the community by conducting seminars with a designated safeguarding officer in all schools
Active shooters have become a major issue today. A shooter will open fire in a public and crowded place like a school, concert, or church. There have been over 200 hundred active shootings since 2017. Being prepared for the unexpected is the best thing an individual can do. Knowing what to do during an active shooter situation is extremely important. A New York Times article said,” It can be chilling to consider, but the more prepared you are, the better your chances of survival” (Hauser). An individual should always look around for exits and know the area or building they are in. While encountering an active shooter if an individual cannot find an exit or make it to one, then they should hide until help arrives. The last thing an individual
Teaching at a typical small town school in rural America one day, shots ring out. Active shooter drills come to mind, but what do we do, where do we go, how many students are present? Panic sets in. Thoughts of hiding, running, calling out for help and screaming all flash across the forefront of the mind when a person can be seen walking down the hall with a large gun in hand. No one ever thinks it could happen in a town, school, or church like ours but when the act is committed everyone feels the betrayal. Although schools from elementary to universities have adopted drills for active shooters and have routes with plans drawn up we never know how we will truly react until the time comes. Armed guards stand at the ready at most entryway doors but they are only one person and can not be everywhere always. In a recent study of active shooters for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, J.Pete Blair and Katherine W. Schweit have said, “The second most common incident locations were in educational environments…and the study results established that …these incidents involved some of the highest casualty numbers” (20). Crime is always a threat to education and defending our students nationwide should be a priority. The trouble begins with the fact that the school shootings are becoming more regular. Allowing teachers to be armed gives administration, faculty and students a more successful chance at survival against an active shooter in our education systems.
In the past many schools have been victims of gun violence. Shootings, among other violent things are by far the most devastating. A few good ways to prevent gun violence, and violence in general, are timed locks throughout the school, metal detectors on the doors, gun safety programs at home and school, and more devices and policies to monitor students whereabouts. I; however, believe that the best way to prevent school violence, without violating the student’s privacy, is to install timed locks and metal detectors throughout the entire school.
Violence in schools encompasses a number of different acts. Whether it’s physical or emotional bullying or even cyber-bullying; violence within schools is a major problem and it’s only increasing. However in a number of cases these may only be the beginning. Sometimes people take it a step further and actually bring a firearm into the school and start shooting it. Unfortunately school shootings have occurred throughout the country at an alarming rate. When someone shoots another (especially within the confines of a school) everyone is effected by this immense act of violence.
Since the year 2000, there have been more than 188 school shootings reported on both high school and college campuses (Erickson). As each shooting occurs, the number of injuries and death tolls continue to rise. People across the country are determined to find the answer to the key question, “What can we do to keep our students, faculty, children, and families safe?” This question is not easily answered while imagining all the possible consequences. The individuals directly involved with the nightmare of school shootings are campus security, faculty, and students. They all can play a part in keeping their school safe when gunfire transpires among them. To find the best solution for school safety across the country, a decision needs to be made between the
Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook these are but a few cases of fatal school shootings that have plagued the United States history in recent years. School-based violence has gained much attention in the media. Parents are fearful to send their children to school, teachers are becoming armed, and schools have more police patrolling campuses in hopes to deter future endangerment to students and administration. Shootings are the most common and frequent acts of school-based violence and accounts for the highest amount of deaths according to Roberto Flores de Apodaca and fellow co writers’ study of the characteristics of school shootings (Flores de Apodaca et al, 2012, p.365). The question though still stands: what causes these shootings and what can be done to prevent future lives being taken? The answer to this question is not a simple one. There are many factors that play a part in school shootings: the events leading up to the shooting, interpersonal/psychological issues, community, and social culture. To come up with a solution to the problem, one must first look into the causes of the problem because there is not just one cause but many contributing factors. The aim of this paper is to examine causes and factors that lead to shootings in schools and solutions or ways to prevent them.
They will also be trained in the Prevention Program. Law Enforcement will help assist and volunteer at various student programs.
We have a problem. Guns. This should not be a surprise. Gun shootings are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Everyday, people’s lives are taken by a gun in the most traumatic way. Mass shootings is an incident involving multiple victims where a shooter or a group injuries and kills numerous of innocent lives of firearm-related violence. Mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the country’s gun deaths, but they are uniquely terrifying because they can occur anywhere and anytime. School shootings are increasing every year due to the misuse of guns. Children should feel safe at schools as they are there for an education They should not have to worry about another possible mass shootings. Since the recent school mass
Educational facilities have doubled down on security by adding security cameras in hallways, lunchrooms, and outside the class rooms, for the safety and the hope that students will act twice on illegal decisions that they may make. Other education facilities install security cameras for education purposes, with the hope that the students grade point average will skyrocket, and students will be more engaged during school. These accusations stated have been tested and proven guilty by The School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization and the School Survey on Crime and Safety. These organizations are funded and operated by the
Attend meetings of parent and faculty groups to solicit their support and understanding of the School Resource Officer program and to promote awareness of law enforcement functions.
Schools need to maintain a disciplined and safe learning environment. There are many disciplinary actions that are in use today and although some can disagree about the amount of discipline that is best for maturing children, it is reasonable to be in agreement that a positive learning environment begins with physical and emotional safety. School safety includes a broad range of matters, including, fighting, bullying, drugs, alcohol, weapons, and etc. Many schools use varying methods in an effort to maintain school safety. Some schools limit school access and require all visitors to sign in. Physical surveillance is another common method of addressing school safety issues along with use of staff and student identification. Among all these