Are School Shootings Becoming The New Norm
The Rise In An Epidemic
It seems that in the recent years that school shootings are becoming more frequent and thereby more deadly. Killings occurring in schools have taken place since the beginning of time, though, with assault rifles and deadlier types of weapons the shooting have increased in intensity. There are many theories out there in regard to the cause and what can be done to reduce this paradigm shift in a remarkably unsafe world.
In the past parents and children alike dreamt of the day in which their college career is on the horizon. Now, still desired, yet simultaneously feared. This is not the military where families are cognizant that their child may be killed but instead they hope to have a successful son or daughter and not one they have memories of after death.
Columbine marked a turning point in shootings. Yet this is not the first shooting by far it is one that will go down in history. Two teenage students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher while wounding 20 others before turning their guns on themselves. Other shootings such as the one at Virginia Tech where the shooter killed 32 and injured many more, and more recently the shootings at Sandy Hook where the shooter targeted children under the age of ten and then the shooting at UC Santa Barbara, these horrific acts have called for national attention.
What is bullying?
Bullying is when one person seeks out to ridicule or undermine another person’s difference. Bullying can be overt or discreet. Even discreet bullying is harmful. Bullying can be done by one person or can lead to multiple people picking on one person. Examples of bullying include but are not limited to:
- Weight – overweight or underweight
- Look such as wearing glasses
- Not being good at sports or being smart
- Being poor or not having stylish clothes
As research has been gathered over the years, psychologists and law enforcement alike have worked to describe what to look for in a shooter. So far there are several consistencies in what have been found in the profile of a shooter. Yet this description is not to create fear in society and to erroneously point out those that fit the bill. However, it is important to recognize one key part in the profiled outcome. These are some similarities to shooters to date:
- Caucasian (except for the Virginia Tech shooter)
- Middle Class Family
- Anger Issues
- Good Student
Why is this Happening
There are several hypotheses about the origin of the shooter profile and a lot of blame is projected and misplaced. Some of what has been said after the fact focuses on the family of the shooter, the shooter themselves, their therapists and others. Though, can something be done whereas a society we are not losing innocent people, to include the shooter, and intervene before an act occurs and where there is no turning back.
On important hypothesis and fits well with the shooter profile is: bullying. All of the gunmen reported either to parents, therapists, or in a suicide letter that they were bullied and fed up. The shooting in many ways became their only recourse to the torture they experienced in their lives. Despite the anger that emerges when a school shooting occurs and it is difficult to have compassion for a killer, though, these individuals were troubled in so many ways.
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Who is to Blame
As opposed to seeking blame of an individual is it more appropriate to take responsibility for such acts as a society. Going back to the common thread of bullying, if as a society we seek to eradicate bullying in all its forms will we also be able to reduce the possible occurrences of school shootings and return to a safe society where our children can prosper.
How many people understand the trauma and pain that results from bullying? Despite the anguish that one experiences and schools attempt to have a no tolerance policy, is enough being done? The answer must be “NO” since bullying continues in and out of school. Ironically enough most people seek for individuality, but still as a whole people face not being accepted due to individuality.
When as a whole can we say that enough has been accomplished. It almost appears to be that one last bullying moment when the shooter is blamed for their ultimate action, when nothing prior to that over-the-top moment has attracted enough attention to end their unfortunateness as a target.
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What to do if you see someone being bullied
As an adult we have a responsibility to the young, whether it is as their parent, educator or mentor. Most schools do have a no bullying policy, though even as good as educators are they are human and may not pick up on the most discreet forms of bullying. However, if your child reports to you that they are being bullied take it serious and report it to their school, if it happened there. Do not take any excuse from the school and demand results such as contacting the other child’s parents and even to include classroom education for other children.
If you are the educator then hold yourself to the highest standard of no tolerance. This includes voluntarily teaching your classroom about bullying and the damage that is done as a result. If you need to bring in a professional then do so.
As a final thought, school shootings are becoming the new epidemic and causing fear around the US. However, if we work together as a society is it possible to return to a time where our children can go to school without fear of injury or being bullied? At this point can we teach our children to respect and care for others and the differences as well as their commonalities.
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