School Shootings: Kids Under Fire

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Why does the government still tolerate gun violence around the nation?

As a student, I often fear that a shooting could occur, as the news is filled with violent acts around the United States.

The issue involving school shootings could be solved with stronger mental health awareness.

Between January 1, 2018 and October 4, 2018, there have been 65 school shootings nationwide.

In school, students are taught the basic mental illnesses: anxiety and depression. However, they are not taught how to get help, coping skills and how to recognize it in friends.

Mental illnesses in schools are frowned upon, which creates a stigma that someone with it is broken and that they should hide it.

Many, if not all, school shooting suspects were thought to have some sort of mental illness that a peer knew about.

During the aftermath of these shootings, law enforcement finds many things that are considered red flags, or signs that lead to violence.

Schools can start to change for the future by being more open to talking about mental health, having specific classes around certain types and being supportive of parents and students.

The United States will continue on this path if nothing changes.

Megan Rose

Puyallup



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