Essay title: School Voilence
School violence is in the headlines again, 6 years after Columbine, the tragic Colorado school shooting in which many students died. Now, sadly, 2 school officials and 6 students have been killed in a shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota.
As horrible and frightening as incidents like these are, they are rare. Although it may not seem that way, the rate of crime involving physical harm has been declining at U.S. schools since the early 1990s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer than 1% of all homicides among school-age children happen on school grounds or on the way to and from school. The vast majority of students will never experience violence at school.
Still, its natural for kids and teens – no matter where they go to school – to worry about whether this type of incident may someday affect them. How can you deal with these fears? Talking to your child about the tragedy, and what he or she watches or hears about it, will help your child put frightening information into a more balanced context.
Many schools are taking extra precautions to keep students safe.
Some schools have focused on keeping weapons out, by conducting random locker and bag checks, limiting entry and exit points at the school, and keeping the entryways under teacher supervision. Other schools use metal detectors, such as those used in airport security.
Lessons on conflict resolution have also been added to many schools courses, to help prevent troubled students from resorting to violence. Peer counseling and active peer programs have also helped students become more aware of the signs that a fellow student may be becoming more troubled or violent.
Another thing that helps make schools safer is greater awareness of problems like bullying and discrimination. Many schools now have programs to fight these problems, and teachers