School Violence: More than a threat

By Sean Miller
Opinions Editor

It amazes me so much, so much that we as a culture have to relate to violence to show our hatred anger to other peers, or students.

Over the past two decades, schools and work places alike have fallen victim to those with either anger problems or even issues to shootings and killings. some (in)famous school shootings include:

  • April 20th, 1999 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 21 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School.
  • April 16th, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Chi Ho, aged 23, shot and killed 32 students and faculty members, and wounded another 17 students and faculty members in two separate attacks on the same day. Cho committed suicide.
  • February 12th, 2008 Murder of Larry King: Brandon McInerney, 14, shot Lawrence “Larry” King, 15, in the head twice in the computer laboratory of E.O. Green Junior High School. McInerney was apprehended in a nearby neighborhood. King, who was homosexual, died two days later from his gunshot wounds. McInerney was initially charged with a hate crime, but that enhancement was later dropped. McInerney plead guily to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 21 years in prison

Are you kidding people? Are we so damned full of ourselves that when we suffer from anger or even depressed with hate we have to take the lives of other pupils because of it? And you may have noticed about the names of the shooters and the victim. The ages of these shooters are our age! Children with lives ahead of them wasted for what? 

Who or what is to blame for this? What causes or even who causes young people to do such acts of recklessness and danger? Well I have narrowed down to some options that may help ease some of this tension.

  • Video Games: Kid’s play them, parents restrict them, politicians bicker about them, creators make a fortune from them and people spend millions on them. Games come in the many shape, sizes and ratings from the small pink orb “Kirby”  all the way to the blood-soaked soldier of fortune from the “Doom” Franchise. Harris and Klebold played DOOM and one of their journals mentioned ‘machine gun gestures’ in which in the game of DOOM3  you play as a marine and have the option to use the machine gun as a weapon. In police reports Eric Harris named his Savage-Springfield 67H 12-gauge pump shotgun “Arlene” (after a Doom character). The two also named pipe bombs after Doom Characters.
  • Music: Cliche? Sure, why not have kids all over the world take the lyrics of past artist and now and actually do it? Isn’t that the most sensible thing for most people? maybe, Wrong no, Stereotypical? Too true. Over the past decades Rappers and artist alike have been pointed the fingers (while they have been giving fingers of their own…just not the right one.) groups such as NWA, The Notorious B.I.G.  and Tupac. To today rappers such as Eminem, Drake, Tyga and even Insane Clown Posse. Are they to blame for  random acts of violence? Surprisingly no. Since most artists have points of views in their music and have morals, most also show violent yet truthful points out also. It’s not their fault people, that of many ages and races, have bought their music and listen to what they say. It’s up to the person of who listens.
  • Movies: Bruce Willis, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and many other well-known actors have portrayed in their fair share of violence and action movies. Whether it be the latest Die Hard, or the newest of horror movies that sprint to theaters near you.Sadly most people, who are dumb or in fact crazy enough to re-enact  will probably do so, and not only hurting others or themselves. But in the end the lives of them.
  • Books/literature: Now I’m a man of writing! Whether it be a short story based on a small white oblong ghost to a romantic novel –These have been my passions to write about. Books that have violence and gore inside them, well imaginations are scary and special things. Inside  imagination you can see what the world the author created looks like.

Could these reasons be the causes of all the school violence? Possibly, but is there a simpler, more devious answer.

Suicide.

It’s actually “suicide by cop.”  A colloquial term used to describe a suicidal incident “whereby the subject engages in a consciously, life-threatening behavior to the degree that it compels a police officer to respond with deadly force.”

What this means is, Harris and Klebold, who were bullied in school, went off the deep end. Although not wanting to take their own lives, they decided to do something drastic as this to take the lives of their own students peers and then lives taken by he police. Technically saying that this has happen to a form of bullying.

I’m not saying that everyone who is bullied will pull out rifles and open fire, or that everyone who is bullied will take their own lives. no, but what I can say that since both Harris and Klebold where both male, it steps it up a notch that they could not take this back. Males are more likely to commit suicide by gunshot. Women on the other hand are more likely to attempt suicide with pills or slicing wrists.

There is a better of surviving an overdose or a slashed wrist than a gunshot wound to the head. Suicidal women survive more often than men.

Hopefully this has taught people who read this a lesson, a lesson that I shall not tell, but you must show.

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