â€œComputer Project Seeks to Avert Youth Violenceâ€.
Ever since the columbine high school shooting in Littleton, Colorado there has been hysteria of sorts. People are so worried about drugs and weapons in school. For this reason â€œthe federal bureau of Alcohol, tobacco and firearms is working with an outside threat evaluation company to put together a computer program to help school officials spot troubled students who might be on the brink of violence.â€ this is the basis to Francis X. Clines essay â€œcomputer project seeks to avert youth violenceâ€.
The computer program that had been being developed is called the â€œMosaic-2000â€. The program he states will rate potentially violent students on a 1-10 scale 1 being least violent and 10 being on the brink. Clines quotes the principal of Reynoldsburg high school as saying â€œcolumbine forever changed things for all of us,â€ this threat of violence at school is now a â€œvery realâ€ threat and parents want to see something done about it. But also parents donâ€™t want their children being labeled as clines quotes a parent in the Reynoldsburg school district as saying â€œIt sounds ok as long as you donâ€™t start labeling kidsâ€¦Thereâ€™s kind of scary stuff out thereâ€¦but there can be a fine line between a kid out to get attention and a really troubled kid.â€ Her concerns are true but they would not be using this for every kid in school it would be used primarily as an aid to school officials on cases that kids had made threats or had brought weapons to school so they say. The Ohio chapter of the A.C.L.U. is quoted calling it a â€œtechnological band-aid.â€ But as I feel and Francis clines says that it would not be the answer but it would be and aid to school officials in circumstances of high danger. As Clines quotes Betty Montgomery the Ohio attorney general as saying â€œIt brings together the shared experiences of many experts plus an evaluative piece.