Students and staff are at the highest risk of school shootings. It’s time to hear what they have to say about the topic.
One student, who wishes to remain anonymous said, “I think about it [school shootings] all the time, but I feel like there’s nothing I can do. I’m one of around 2,600 other students.”
Fortunately, many schools try to reduce the chances of a shooting.
In 2016, the CDC found that almost 90 percent of public schools had a plan in response to school shootings. They also found that 70 percent of those schools drilled students on the plan.
I asked the students what they would suggest for preventing school shootings.
“An ultimate strategy would be to have clear backpacks, but I don’t think many people would go along with that idea,” junior Noah Cox said.
All around the country, school have considered training and arming teachers and staff members.
“I think that's a really good idea. It would prevent many school shootings because if one would happen, the teachers would be trained to handle it,” said Cox.
The anonymous student disagreed and said, “That is the worst idea I have ever heard. High school teachers are not made to fight. I just don’t trust them enough. I don’t feel like they would be brave enough to attack a school shooter.”
“Also, there's this risk of a student finding the gun, or a student taking the weapon, and that would be a mess,” anonymous added.
In March of 2018, MJHS had a potential shooter scare and threat made by a former MJ student. The 18-year-old was taken into custody the next day, and school continued on with its regular schedule.
“I was aware of the situation, but I wasn’t exactly worried because they brought in more S.R.O.s,” said Cox.
S.R.O. stands for “school resource officers.” These are authorities that are responsible for preventing crime and protecting the people in the school. Here at MJ, there are at least two armed S.R.O.s at the school every school day.
MJ is prepared if a shooting were to occur. The school has hired officers and performed lock-down drills.
There’s not a lot of preparation able to be done by students, other than practicing the lock-down drills seriously and staying educated on why school shootings happen.
“I try to be nice to as many people that I can, because you never know, and I don’t want to be a target,” said anonymous.
Statistics show that out of all the school shootings that took place in 2017, 95 percent of the school shooters were current students at the school.
71 percent of these shooters admitted to feeling persecuted, bullied, threatened and attacked prior to the incident.
Just remember that it can happen anywhere and anytime. Be nice to those around you and take precautions.