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Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:20

Young people shouldn’t go to school in fear

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
Let’s think about what happened at the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.Greg Toppo, a journalist for the USA Today newspaper, has written about “Generation Columbine” which knows no world without school shootings.

In other words, young Americans from high school age on down have continually experienced the horrors of school shootings and have had to deal with locker searches, locked doors and active shooter drills.

Young people now come to school with a fear of death by rapid-fire weapons. Toppo says the current generation of children has attended class through more than 200 school shootings since Columbine and this has affected their sense of safety and security.

Students must feel vulnerable and that adults are doing little to help them. Many wonder if adults care and what kind of moral compass do adults possess? Toppo reports counselors are seeing students experiencing excessive anxiety and panic attacks.

The attack in Parkland, Florida, represented the 208th school shooting since Columbine, according to a Denver-based news outlet called Westward. In 2009, journalist Dave Cullen wrote a book called “Columbine” and he states that students still ask questions about Columbine. Kids ask what happened to the Columbine kids and how they have coped.

Experts say don’t tell kids not to worry, but ask them, “What are you worried about?”Wouldn’t it be helpful if our self-absorbed politicians focused on preventing these massacres? However, their priority seems to be money and power.

Leon K. Freeburg
Janesville

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