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Looking for solutions to stop the violence

HS journalism opinion: There are many to blame for these tragedies

Hundreds of high school and middle school students gather in front of the White House in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting on Wednesday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Hundreds of high school and middle school students gather in front of the White House in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting on Wednesday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

TIFFIN — When will this stop?

Hundreds of students have died from school shootings. When will we be able to watch the news and not fall into depression seeing what this world has come to?

People are finally standing up, but we should have been standing up years ago.

The blame should not be put on one exact thing, like gun control or security for schools. For this, everyone should take the blame for not trying to stop all these deaths sooner.

Yes, gun control is a part of the problem, but can we really go into each house in America and take their guns away? Tell them that they are not allowed to feel safe in their homes again because owning a gun is wrong? That does not seem like a logical solution to the ever-rising death toll in schools.

Maybe we could control the amount of ammunition that is handed out? Put an age limit on it? But would that stop these teens from wanting to kill themselves or their peers?

The students also need to take the blame. The teens that create these massacres have to have a reason for doing all this. Maybe if one kid had said hello to the shooter that day, he might not feel the need to go over the edge. It is the little things that can make someone’s day. Isn’t it?

Ignoring the “weird kid,” who sits alone at lunch, doesn’t help anything. Yes, maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference. But maybe, just maybe, some of the teens who were killed, maybe they would still be alive if someone noticed the “weird kid, who sits alone at lunch.”

I am not saying this is all on the students either. The administration has many problems. But will metal detectors in the school help? Police guards standing watch 24/7 for something that might or might not happen? That seems like a waste of manpower.

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What if we had the teachers carrying guns? How could that make the situation any less scary? Students being afraid of their teacher because they have a semi-automatic pistol stuck to their side or hiding in their desk drawer.

I propose we don’t just do one, but many things to solve the problem. We need to stop bullying in the schools, and we need to make sure when kids do come to school they are not carrying weapons. What also would help is ammunition control so even if they have the gun they don’t have anything to shoot.

Maybe those students still would be alive today if we would have helped sooner.

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