Violence in Schools
CARE 1083 – Community Services
October 28, 2014
Violence in schools is a human rights issue as it affects everyone. Whether you’re that parent sending your child to school, a current student or an educator, we’ve all experienced that huge amount of fear that goes through us when a school goes on lockdown mode, or when there’s an attack at a school. I chose this topic because it’s an ongoing issue and I believe that some important parts of it are usually overlooked.
When we think of school violence we usually think back to the columbine high school massacre that occurred on April 20th, 1999, where two students entered their school and killed 13 people and wounded more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide (History.com staff, 2009). Another event that might come to mind that hit really close to home is the massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal that occurred on December 6th, 1989, where a man by the name of Marc Lépine walked into a classroom and separated the men from the women and shot all nine women who were in the room, killing six of them and leaving the rest in need of immediate assistance, he then proceeded to go into the hallway where he shot three more people, two of which were women, in the end, Marc had murdered fourteen women, and wounded ten women and four men, and he also committed suicide (Ramsland, 2004). A more recent event would be the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on December 14th, 2012, where Adam Lanza killed his mother and left twenty young children and six educators dead (Christofferson, 2013). Though the most popular types of school violence is school shootings and massacres, it’s still not the only type. A very serious daily issue is bullying; in fact, bullying is the most common type of school violence. Melanie Barwick (2009) states that “School violence includes any verbal, physical, psychological or visual...