Could our nation handle another Columbine?
USA Today broke a
tragic yet insightful story June 4 about some misguided
students who could indeed be the next to enter a school with plans
of killing peers and staff.
We know that recent events, even in Kitsap County, have led
misdirected teens to draw up plans of some form. Thankfully,
they’ve been averted by law enforcement.
One plan, talked of by a female student at Kingston Junior High
led to her expulsion. Another plan, formulated by a Central
Kitsap Junior High School student, was not only foiled but he
accidently shot a peer while apparently teaching him how to shoot a
gun – one they’d planned to use to
kill the principal, according to county court documents.
As the USA Today article winds to a close, its
implication is that we need to focus on more than math and reading
“… Mark Greenberg, a researcher at Penn State University, says …
schools’ “intensive and single-minded focus” on basic skills is
pushing out time to work on social and emotional well-being.
“Many teachers we work with around the country feel under such
enormous pressure to spend all their time on reading and math. I’m
sure we’re going to see more children who are disaffected and feel
school is not a warm and friendly place for them.”
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