School Shootings in America Essay

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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.
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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…