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Essay on School Violence On Tuesday April 20th 1999 yet another small suburban town joined the ranks of astonished communities to be touched by seemingly mindless violence In Littleton Colorado at Columbine High School 15 people were killed in the deadliest school rampage on record in the United States Of the 15 dead 2 were the murderers themselves who apparently were on a suicide mission and decided to take as many people with them as they could According to an article entitled Violence a Quick Answer by Michelle Locke of the Associated Press in the April 22nd edition of The Stars and Stripes the events at Columbine High School unfolded in a way that is becoming more and more familiar in rural and suburban areas throughout the United States The obvious question to ask is Why is this happening Unfortunately social scientists and researchers all seem to point the finger at many different causes for this type of behavior A lack of parental supervision access to guns parents who are too permissive or are absent school officials who fail to do anything when warning signs are exhibited and of course kids growing up in a culture that is saturated with violence all top the list According to Bill Reisman a criminologist who has advised school officials from areas where this type of violence has occurred These kids have never learned how to solve problems They have an instant answer and thats a gun He also states more and more that these types of tragedies are becoming suicide missions and that Most of them believe that death is now the solution and in order to get the maximum amount of attention they do these bizarre heinous crimes This thinking seems to be in line with an article from the American Psychological Association regarding school shootings It states that the youths involved often seem to be driven by an intense need for attention and while urban
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