Research Paper On School Shooting

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Anything Can Happen April 20, 1999 is a day that will forever live in infamy. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, walked into Columbine High School after a failed bomb attempt and shot and killed thirteen people while wounding more than twenty others before turning the gun on themselves. Eight years later, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, opened fire on campus, leaving thirty-two people dead and several others injured. The most recently known and horrifying school shooting comes from Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty year old, Adam Lanza, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot twenty- six people-- 20 students and six adults. These random acts of school violence seem to be escalading across the nation completely undetected…show more content…
Many rumors circulated following the Columbine shooting, including the shooters being social outcast who were frequently bullied and harassed. It was later discovered in a journal written by Harris and Kleibold, that they bragged about picking on freshman in the hallways and had planned this attack over a years process, hoping to recreate the Oklahoma City style terrorist bombing (Toppo). Psychologist Peter Langman, was quoted in a USA Today online article saying, “ These are not ordinary kids who played too many video games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are simply not ordinary kids. These are kids with serious psychological problems.” Seung- Hui Cho, the shooter at Virginia Tech was described by a former classmate as a loner who rarely spoke to anyone and had serious mental health problems (CNN). Finally, in Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza was a bright but painfully awkward with no close friends according to a former teacher. He would often have an “episode” and become completely withdrawn from his surroundings said a former advisor (McLaughlin). These similar attributes between shooters have forced many lawmakers and educators to take a closer look at possibly violent students. The National School Safety Center has published a checklist of characteristics of students likely to…show more content…
A very quiet and shy junior at my high school was sitting in a school bathroom for two class periods before carrying out her brutal attack. As one of my classmates walked into the bathroom, she was ambushed by a hammer to the skull and a hunting knife to the face. It all happened in a few minutes and the school was immediately put into lockdown. A few minutes later, the school was surrounded by multiple police officers, some carrying high powered rifles, and the halls were completely silent. While attending a private catholic high school, I never thought something like this would happen. After the incident, all of the administrators met up with the local law enforcement and came up with a plan in case something as violent like that would ever happen again. School violence can happen anywhere and anytime, the best methods are to always be

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