Mass School Shootings in America Essay

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     “That could never happen in my school.” This is one of the first thoughts that goes through a students mind when they hear about a school shooting. The fact is though, it can. School shootings can happen at any school at any time. Lack of security is only a small part of the problem. The major issue lies in the low morality of students and warning signs overlooked by administration.
     Not all, but a majority of the students are cold-blooded killers. And shooting fellow students is often not their first choice. In fact, most school shooters are victims themselves, and shooting fellow students was a last resort. They feel as if no one is listening and this is their only way of
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Students who are constantly targeted are likely to become increasingly withdrawn from their peers and suffer risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. Some actually end up killing themselves or even taking it out on the bullies.
According to students, schools respond inadequately, if at all, to reported incidents of bullying. When Frank Barone, principal of Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York, asked hundreds of eighth graders if they had ever been bullied, more than half (58.8 percent) responded in the affirmative. Yet when he asked their teachers how many students had been bullied, they put the figure at 16 percent. Clearly, adults don't recognize the extent of bullying that children face every day. This shows that administration can easily miss important warning signs that point to school violence.
All in all, the way to stop school violence is to stop the bullying in the school. There is too large of a focus on security. The little things that are often over looked are often the things that cause a major problem.

Works Sited

Jude P. Dougherty. School Shootings. Laura K. Egendorf, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press, 2002.

Sue Smith-Heavenrich. America's Youth. Roman Espejo, Ed. Opposing Viewpoints® Series. Greenhaven Press, 2003.
Nick Gillespie. School Shootings. Laura K. Egendorf, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press, 2002

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