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Violence in American Schools

            School violence in America has increased over the past few years. A majority of recent school shootings may be caused by some of our nation's children because they lack a fundamental understanding of how to solve personal problems in public settings. Instead of talking to someone about what is bothering them, several kids tend to lash out and get revenge by taking a gun to school. Over the past two years, nine different schools have become scenes of murders. Over twenty have been killed, and the killings occurred in high, middle, or elementary schools. Even though there are several concerns about school violence, there has been little information on the causes for it, and little done to prevent it. .
             Violence in schools has become one of America's worries since 1996. February 2, 1996, marked the first school shooting, and since then, seventeen shootings have occurred. Among them, the shooting that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was the deadliest. Everyone in today's society is trying to figure out why kids are killing each other. Even though people feel that schools are becoming dangerous, they think we should put school violence into a realistic perspective. .
             School violence in America has become a burden on several schools. Violence in schools started in February 1996, when a 14-year-old boy shot two students and one teacher in his algebra class. Since then, more than two shootings have occurred each year. On December 1, 1997, three students were killed, and a 14-year-old boy wounded five as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky (Schiraldi 2000). On March 24, 1998, four students and one teacher were killed, and ten others were wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The attackers were 13 and 11-year-old boys (Schiraldi 2000). .
             Other events in which violence took place in school include April 20, 1999, when fourteen students, including the killers and one teacher were killed, and twenty-three others were wounded at Columbine High School.

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