Literacy and Liberty

Gun Violence in Schools: An Epidemic
Posted by: , November 19, 2018, 8:10 am
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Guiding questions:

  1. What is the effect of school shootings and gun violence on faculty and students’ mentality and morale?
  2. How has the response to school shootings changed over time?

Thesis (maybe): School gun violence has a significant impact on students and faculty, not just physically, but mentally as well.  As school shootings have increased in prevalence since the 1999 Columbine shooting, there has been more push for tougher gun laws with more restrictions.  As years have passed and more schools have been affected by gun violence, students’ ability to learn and the faculties’ ability to continue to function in a normal school setting becomes increasingly more challenging.

On April 20th, 2018, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, thousands of students and school faculty walked out of their respective schools to protest gun violence in response to the Parkland High School shooting that happened on Valentine’s Day of the same year.  My high school in Virginia, Douglas Southall Freeman, gave the students and faculty the option, after much deliberation, to partake in the nationwide event. At 10 A.M., hundreds of students from my school stood up and walked out of the class, many with protest posters in hand.  We all congregated on the baseball field, and a group of students began to read the names of the students and teachers who lost their lives in Parkland, as well as descriptions of their lives and their achievements. We had a minute of silence after each name was read. While the megaphone used did not quite reach the whole crowd, every person understood the importance of those moments of silence.  Throughout the United States, the prevalence of gun violence is high. There is no doubt gun violence is U.S. schools has an impact on both the students and faculty, but what is that impact? How do students react differently or similarly around the country, and how has the response to gun violence changed since Columbine?

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This is a great project idea because the issue of school shootings is one that we have not been paying attention to enough as a nation. Your project can look at this issue not only from a legislative and policy standpoint, but also a psychological standpoint. I’m interested to see how the era we live in has affected young teenagers and schools as a whole. This will be a really great project and I look forward to seeing the final result.

   Evan Rosenberg 11.19.18 @ 8:45 pm

Ainslie: like Evan and, as you saw in seminar yesterday, all of your classmates, I think this is a vital topic. I want to encourage you on your way in centering what you take to be the neglect of mental health- and learning capacity-related investigation into the consequences of mass school shootings. Nice start.

   Professor Seiler 11.20.18 @ 2:06 pm

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