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According to The New York Times, "with [the Parkland shooting,] three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history have come in the last five months."  

Nowadays, we live in a world where it's almost becoming normal to hear about mass shootings, whether it be at a public venue or a school.  Although these are becoming more common, they are still extremely upsetting and disturbing to hear about- which is what I believe to be part of the issue here.  Because these events are so horrific and traumatizing, they can be a tough topic to talk about.  But I think this topic is in dire need to be talked about.  Let's get to it.

People are starting to discuss various options to secure our schools.  These options include: metal detectors, armed police officers stationed in and around schools, and checking student's and teacher's IDs when entering a school.  These ideas should be fully explored, as they are a step in the right direction to keeping school violence at a minimum.  But we must be realistic; these implementations will not solve our gun crisis.  We have to be more creative with our proposals to better this situation.

Some ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Better guidance counseling and support systems in schools.  Those who typically shoot up schools have mental illnesses that are overlooked by school staff.  With stronger systems, maybe even an anonymous one, we can lower the chances of students shooting up their schools. 
  • In addition to, or instead of Physical Education class, students should be required to take a Self-Defense class.  If a student should be in a situation where there is a shooter or attacker present, the student should know what to do.  Schools should provide this type of class because students may have to fight for their lives in such an event.  This will educate students on what to do, and what not to do, leading to more survivors.
  • Any threat about a school shooting, even if it seems like a joke, should be taken very seriously.  Police should look into the matter, and if that person is deemed to be a threat, action should be taken immediately by the police force.  This can save an entire school from a shooting.

These ideas above were just a few, and I believe that implementing policies of this sort would be immensely beneficial in our fight to protect our schools.  Please let me know if you have any other ideas or solutions- I am very open to hearing about them.  Schools are a safe place for learning; not a place to fear for your life.  Let's change that today.


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