I sat in class just the other day pondering the strange events that had taken place on campus recently.
Other than the riotous protest that occasionally takes place at my school, it is a relatively peaceful place. I have always felt safe there. However, I recently received notice that a threat had been made against the school.
The message was vague, but it said classes were canceled while police investigated. They caught the girl who made the threat, luckily.
About a month later, or so, I received notice that there was an odd disturbance at school. Two fires had been set in the girls locker room. They were put out right away by security, thank goodness.
Needless to say, I’ve been a bit concerned. All this got me thinking about school shootings, but I realized I never really hear about them taking place at colleges.
Stories of school shootings seem to have dominated the news, with a new one seeming to occur at least every month.
It’s an epidemic that I didn’t worry about when I was in high school. They happened, but not as frequently. Once or twice school was canceled due to a threat, but us students always wrote it off as someone who wanted attention, or who just wanted the day off. We never took it too seriously. We still had drills occasionally for if there ever was an attack.
Schools today have to take even more precautions in case of a bombing or shooting. All the events have triggered acerbic debate among politicians, parents, pundits, and young people.
The people are very divided. Whereas these tragedies once brought people together, it seems that the more they happen the angrier people become, and the more heated the arguments on gun control become.
These are troubling times. Shootings have always taken place, but not with todays frequency. 100 years ago, schootings at schools were usually either a dispute between a few people, resulting in a gun fight, or due to accidents. There were still cases of the angry mass-shooter, but this was not the case the majority of the time.
These attacks happen so regularly that we seem to almost be desensitized. The news tells of a shooting and it’s not even shocking any more. This is very sad.
While I often hear about another attack on a highschool, I don’t ever seem to see news about shootings at colleges. So I began to wonder how common this was. To what extent do colleges have the same problem? Am I in any danger at Bucks?
I looked into this and found there were at least nine university shootings just this year.
- Georgia State University
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of South Alabama
- Jackson State University
- Central Michigan University
- Mississippi Valley State University
- Norfolk State University
- Savannah State University
- Wake Forest University in North Carolina
Since April 17, 2007, 320 people have been shot on college and university campuses in the U.S., according to a Collegiate Times analysis.
“After Virginia Tech shooting, gun violence still claims victims on college campuses” by Matt Jones
That answers my question. It seems that most of the shootings have taken place in the South, where they are mostly gun advocates. There’s a correlation, which makes me think that since I live in a more liberal area, my school might be safer, But I tend to ride on the air of caution from day-to-day, so I’ll probably just stay alert in case there ever is an incident.
Stay safe everyone!