The hallways erupted in screaming, terror-stricken pandemonium as student realized this was… another, increasingly familiar scene: a student with a gun.
You hear people say the boys were crazy. That it was just an insane, unpredictable thing that doesn’t happen to the vast majority of people. Like getting hit by lightning. Utterly random. But I don’t think so. Every year you hear about kids walking into their school and shooting classmates and teachers. You don’t hear about them walking into McDonald’s and shooting people. They don’t go to the town swimming pool or the movies and do it. Most of these kids live in neighborhoods with elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. But they don’t go to some other school. They always go to their own school. It’s not random. It’s a message, and the sooner we wake up and listen, the better.
My son was different, and he was made to pay for that every day of his short life. Perhaps if we spent as much time teaching tolerance as we do teaching athletics, my son would be alive today.
Brendan were different from other kids, but they still should have been accepted as people. Maybe there should be a mandatory course in school that teaches kids to respect one another no matter what. I think that would be a lot more helpful than geometry.
No one is naive enough to believe that violent movies or television or video games can actually make anyone commit a violent act. The real question is, if someone is inclined toward violence, do these forms of media help show him the way to do it?
You can say the steff need their walkie-talkies because there’s no respect for authority anymore. But perhaps there would be respect if the staff weren’t so quick to rely on threats. […] Anyway, it probably doesn’t even matter. It’s probably too late now to change.
In other words, do we expect too much of teenagers?
To ending youth violence.
To every young person who has ever been killed or wounded by a gun.
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