Perspective - Journal of Child and Adolescent Health (2022) Volume 6, Issue 4
Stop killing our kids at school: Problem, prediction, and prevention.
What is happening in our public areas and schools? A Tops grocery store in Buffalo; an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and 2 teachers dead; 4 people shot dead at a July 4th, 2022 on American Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago. This article addresses how often perpetrators could have been stopped before these kinds of episodes. We also deal with the reasons these school shootings occur. We deal with the fact that the U.S. has higher rates of deaths by school shootings than any other country in the world. The gun possession and mental disturbances are related. The importance of paying attention to social media which both stimulates the shooters, but also warns of impending disaster is described and may include newspapers, journals as well as various social media outlets such as TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and others. The responsibility of teachers and other students to report when evil lurks in these messages is stressed and answers to how this can be controlled are expanded.Author(s): Barbara G. Melamed*