Unsafe Schools | Online Schooling

Every parent asks themselves this question, especially after a recent report about Georgia third-graders hatching a plot to harm and/or kill their teacher using a crystal paperweight, a steak knife, and handcuffs. Earlier this week, a 7-year old brought two loaded guns to school in Baltimore. Last week, a University of Louisville student shot her two children and then took her guns on campus. A month ago, a protest at a Miami high school turned violent with students throwing books, soda cans, water bottles, and milk cartons at police officers. That same month, a graduate student at Northern Illinois University shot and killed five students before taking his own life; a female student at Louisiana Technical College shot two other women, then herself. Other shocking incidents of school violence, like Virginia Tech and Columbine, come to mind, leading one to ask: What is happening at our schools?
Maybe it’s because of increasing pressure on kids to succeed, to go above and beyond. Students from kindergarten to college have higher expectations than any group before them. They’re supposed to get better grades, get better jobs, make more money, and get promoted faster. They’re supposed to have that designer house, those designer jeans, and that luxury car.
Maybe it’s because of the violence in the media that kids are immersed in nowadays. It’s a proven fact, after all, that the quantity and intensity of violence shown during primetime has been increasing steadily for decades. Exposure to violent media has been proven to significantly increase violent tendencies in children.
Maybe it’s just a symptom of larger problems in society. Perhaps it springs from frustration with increasingly prevalent family problems, like divorce and lack of solid parenting. Maybe it comes from anxieties about unstable world conditions.
Parents will react to this trend by removing their kids from school and teaching them at home or putting them in private schools. School boards will enact tougher security measures at colleges and high schools (and, soon enough, middle and elementary schools), barbed-wire fences, on-campus officers, and metal detectors. But will that really solve the problem? Will that really strike at the heart of the issue?
Who knows for sure? If the frequency of news stories is any indication, however, these incidents are happening more often and in the most unlikely places. They are just short of becoming epidemic.
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