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School Shootings. They Kil Us. Essay

  • Submitted by: dallygirl111
  • on April 25, 2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 636 words

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"Columbine", this one word sparks the horrific images that took place on April 20, 1999. It is considered the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered their high school on the morning of April 20 with high-powered weapons and homemade bombs. The boys entered the school cafeteria and library with every intent to kill (Stone 1). The boys were considered outcasts and were picked on in school. Many people have come to believe that the motive behind this murderous spree was they were tired of constant ridicule and teasing from classmates. Bullying is a constant problem in schools all over the world; when taken to far this is one example of a horrific outcome. According to the National Threat Assessment Center run by the Secret Service, two thirds of the thirty-seven recent school shootings the attackers felt persecuted, bullied or threatened (Labi 1). The actions of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are only one instance when bullying was taken too far. In all fifteen were dead, including the attackers, and twenty-three wounded on this tragic day in Littleton, Colorado (Stone 3).

In 1997, Evan Ramsey made the worst decision of his life. He brought a gun to his Alaska high school, killing one student and the principal. He is now serving a 210-year sentence at a maximum-security prison (Roche 2). Evan says he committed his rampage because "he was sick of being picked on in school" (3). In 1994, Brian Head, a fifteen year old, had been taunted for years and finally broke after a classmate slapped him. He pulled out a gun and shouted, "I cannot take it any more!" and shot himself in the head (Labi 2). Many kids who are picked on will not go to such an extreme measure like Evan and Brian, but 160,000 kids skip school every day because they are scared of being picked on (Labi 2). School is supposed to be a safe place and it is ridiculous to learn how many kids are scared to go to school.

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