These kinds of events were not supposed to happen at a simple high school in Colorado. They especially were not supposed to happen at Columbine. The events just described occurred on April 20th, 1999 at Columbine High School. Two high school students possessing illegally obtained guns barged into the high school and opened fire, killing fifteen people including themselves and injuring twenty-four others (Carter, Gun Control: Overview). Up to that point, this was the most significant school shooting massacre in American history.
SHOULD JUVENILES BE CHARGED AS ADULTS IN CRIMINAL CASES TRINA LEVESQUE POST UNIVERSITY Abstract In 1984 in Butte Mt, two boys (boys simply because of their age) Michael Horvath age 15 and Ted Gibson age 14, committed some unspeakable acts. Michael and Ted had brutally taken the lives of their mothers as well as the life of Ted’s 16 year old sister. These two were sentenced to a juvenile detention facility until the age of 21, after which their juvenile records were sealed and they were able to go on with their lives as if it never happened. I feel that justice was not served for the victims. After this heinous act the laws of MT were swiftly changed to charge juveniles as adults if they commit an adult crime.
Movie case study 1 (Sling Blade) Name: Ya Hsuan Wang (Vivian) Client Name: Karl Childers Age: 37 years old Sex: Male Recommended Treatment: Institutionalization Recommended Length of Treatment: unknown Current Medications: none Karl is a patient with Asperger’s disorder. When he was a child, he had been abused by being neglected and ignored by his parents. He had experienced social isolation in early childhood. He has symptoms of Asperger’s disorder Karl Childers is a mental disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for having killed his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly "institutionalized” Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
On the other side, the defense attorney must prove that the incident was a terrible accident and there was no intent to kill. On August 2, 2009, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a segment “Is It Murder.” 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon reported on a DUI homicide case involving the deaths of two people. 7-year-old Kate Marie Flynn and limousine driver Stanley Rabinowitz killed in a head-on automobile collision. The drunk driver, Martin Heidgen a 24-year old insurance agent caused the accident while suffering only minor injuries. Heidgen’s blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit.
The following day Pickton was charged with storing a firearm contrary to regulations, possession of a firearm while not being holder of a licence and possession of a loaded restricted firearm without a licence. He was later released and was kept under police surveillance. On Friday, February 22, 2002, Pickton was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson. On April 2, 2002 three more charges were added for the murders of Jacqueline McDonell, Diane Rock and Heather Bottomley. A sixth charge for the murder
The defendant in question is a fifteen year old male charged with murder of an elderly woman. The defendant according to the case study suffers from: "Borderline Intellectual Functioning, various learning disabilities, and has taken medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. He also has attended special education classes in the past and was recently expelled from his assigned school, but was attending an alternative school prior to his arrest." By Ohio standards the young man could be moved to adult court due to his age. However, with the mental issues and social issues the young man suffers from could keep him in juvenile court.
Most of the students were either shot in the back or in the soles of their feet. The surprising part to this extreme event was that none of the students were armed. Nine officers were held accountable for the shootings and charged with excessive force during a college protest. In my opinion, the reason this did not get recognized in history books was because the ones who started the whole massacre. Any level of the law would not publicized events that happened if it was the law’s fault.
In April of 2007 a mass murder took place on the VA Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA, where thirty-three people were killed and fifteen others were wounded. More recently in December of 2012 twenty children between the ages of 5 and 10 along with six staff members were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. These are among the deadliest shootings that have taken place in our learning institutions in U.S. history. What measures are being taken to prevent this from happening again? Among the many solutions that were advocated, the arming of school teachers has been suggested.
Every day eight American children and teenagers die from gun violence. Which totals up to more than 29,00 American children and teens dying each year just in the United States alone. Handguns and other fire arms carried into schools across the country are just waiting to end in disaster. School shootings increase every decade since the 1960s. According to the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education, there were four targeted school shootings in the 1970s, five in the 1980s, twenty-eight in the 1990s, and according to the article “Tragedy and the Meaning of School Shootings” as of June 1, 2010 there has been twenty-five so far in the 2000s.
Unable to leave the room, two students had hesitantly relieved themselves into a small trash can. What we didn’t know at the time, was that a prisoner had just escaped from the prison that was less than a six blocks away from the school. The escapee had broken into some classmates houses, stealing clothes and a gun. Out of what I assume was the desire not to worry us, the teachers didn’t explain what was happening, allowing our imaginations to wander. This was in 2007, a year that saw several mass shootings including the Virginia Tech Massacre where 32 people were killed and another 23 were injured.