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Are Schools Safe Anymore? School Violence Must Stop!
What is happening to our schools? This has been such a horrific week of violence in US schools. As a parent, it saddens me and angers me all at once. Children should NOT be dying at school.
Students and staff at Chardon High School know all too well the devastation of school violence. Early Monday morning, students were subjected to every parent’s nightmare – a school shooting by a fellow 17-year-old student, who fired off approximately 10 rounds. Daniel Parmertor, who was just 16, died Monday. Russel King Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin both died on Tuesday from wounds inflicted during the shooting. Two other children also suffered injuries from this incident. Reports indicate that the shooter may have continued his rampage, had it not been for the heroics of a teacher, who chased him away from the school.
Although no weapons were used in the violence that took a fifth grader’s life on Monday, it is no less tragic and senseless. Joanna Romas, a fifth-grade student from the Long Beach Unified School District died of blunt force trauma to the head on Monday only hours after she got into a fight with a fellow classmate.
She was only 10 years old.
Reportedly she and the other girl planned the altercation and then met after school in an alley to proceed with the act. Several of their classmates stood and watched this violence, and most likely encouraged it. Six hours after this fight, which only lasted about a minute, Joanna died, after being rushed to the emergency room.
Why is there so much violence in our schools? The sad truth is that America is number one in school shootings. Dr. Frank Ochberg, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University warns that bullying, violence in the media, drugs, or even mental illness, don’t compare to the fact that American students have access to guns.
I agree that children should not have access to guns, (and in all honesty, I don’t think some adults should even have them), but I don’t think that guns are the only reason that violence is such a problem in the schools. Joanna’s case proves that kids are handling situations with violence rather than any other means. Excess violence in the media, the glorification of criminals, the absence of parental involvement, or lack of morals and decency, has left our children exposed to kids that don’t care about hurting or killing themselves or others.
This has to stop! Parents need to care what their children are exposed to and ask the tough questions when they get “a feeling” that something isn’t right.
Why do you think school violence is so prominent? What can we do to stop it?
UPDATE: since this article was published, we've found out about yet another case of school violence in Chicago where one student was killed.