Another US School Shooting

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

creativeplannertobee:  I heard this too. I thought it was a highschool though? Sad. When I checked the news a couple hours ago they said the shooter was the only fatality.

 

ETA: Never mind now they’re saying 2 dead  🙁

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  MrsKriegerson.
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
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creativeplannertobee:  This is a small reason I was considering homeschooling/online schooling my son.  I think a lot of people thought I sounded ridiculous.

I don’t believe I should have to accept “a possible school shooting” as part of daily life when I drop my kid off at school- because you’re right- we didn’t have to deal with this when we were younger and going to school.

I think it’s so sad.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
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playdohpants:  cnn.com has 2 fatalities now, confirming that the shooter was 1 after he turned the gun on himself. ETA – I just saw your ETA, sorry.

creativeplannertobee:  It’s ridiculous and sad. Why are guns so easy for teens to get their hands on? Parents need to do a better job of keeping them in safes maybe? CNN is also reporting that a friend of the shooter said he was popular but recently bullied. I wish people could just learn to be nice and keep their mouths shut! So senseless 🙁 

Personally, I went to a public high school that was a little “rough.” We had multiple lock downs, some were for training and others were for real. We also had metal detectors at every door and were required to wear IDs at all times. I never felt very safe at my high school, and I hope that if I ever do have kids I will be able to afford private school or consider home schooling maybe… 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I just saw it on TV. Two deaths. At first only the shooters dead was confirmed, now he has also taken an innocent life. The thought that this was preventable is so so sad . Was there nothing to help the shooter prior? He must have been very hurt and full of anger/hate. 

I know I might get flammed but pleeease change your laws about weapons!!!  I know shootings happen everywhere but I feel like the US hold a very sad record. I work with extremley difficult teens and could absolutley see them in a shooting if they could get their hands on a gun but luckily laws make it rather impossible to just go ahead and buy a weapon in Germany. 

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

creativeplannertobee:  While this situation is incredibly tragic, I think we also have to realize that the rates of the incidence occuring is still very small compared to how many days of school occur across the nation with no major concerns to safety. 

I work at a middle school and high school as an administrator. We serve a very at-risk population in a neighborhood with increased rates of crime/violence and we have had a few safety concerns in the past. We practice lockdown/intruder drills quarterly and discuss ways to keep children and staff safe. It’s a sad and scary reality, but it is also something that we musn’t blow out of proportion. 

Unfortunatley in this day and age, especially in the US, the likeliess of a tragic incident occuring due to gun violence is higher and can happen anywhere. It’s not just our schools. While it’s concerning, I personally wouldn’t become paranoid about it. 

Ideally, gun laws and controls would be different in the US, but it doesn’t seem like they will change anytime soon. Also, in a perfect world, we would have better mental health services and awareness so that individuals like this shooter would be provided help before it gets to this point.

For your daughter, I would encourage her to be careful about how she brings up the topic. 7 years old is young and it can be difficult for her to comprehend. Perhaps discuss issues of safety rather than focusing too much on the shooting part itself. I would keep the conversation very broad and maybe ask if her school has had them to do different drills or exercises for safety. If your daughter is very concerned, she could contact the school and ask about their policies and procedures. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Frankly, I am appalled at our nations lack of response to, what I believe to be a crisis situation in this country. How bad is the mental health of our country when this sort of violence is a very nearly monthly occurance?

And how bad is it when it is our children now who feel that this is their solution to their problems? Going on a shooting rampage before killing themselves.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
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creativeplannertobee:  No, thankfully no shootings. We went on lockdown once and a gun was found in a locker though. We also had a few bomb threats but nothing ever came of it, again, thankfully. Most lock downs they ran dogs thru the hallways to sniff for drugs.

I saw a lot of really messed up fights though. Most of them were between girls.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

creativeplannertobee:  It’s just money and power/control they are after. Makes me super sad/angry at the same time. I have lived in the US and I always felt like many people are emotionaly blunted towards guns. Having a weapon should not be a normal or even necessary thing. 

Of course you can also run amok without a gun but with a knife but it doesn’t give you the distance to your victim and is a lot harder to do/easier to stop.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
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Please keep this in mind as the midterm elections are right around the corner, and choose a candidate who will support a gun control police that aligns to your own views, as well as access to mental health treatments for those who need it.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
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Zimtstern:  It has to be a nationwide thing, which will never happen because it’s our 2nd amendment right :/ (not that I agree with it). Chicago is the perfect example of what happens when you ban guns in a city. Illegal guns just find their way there even more than before, and then there are literally gun wars over guns themselves. Think of it like how American prohibition worked out… not well.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

FutureDrAtkins:  I fear you are absolutely right…

As for the second amendment I always say that if something even a law doesn’t work out change it. Yep, it’s very easy said and I am fully aware that somethings will never be changed. 

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