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Gun Violence on School Grounds Are Increasing at an Alarming Rate

In the awakening of 2018, the high growth of gun violence being brought into our public schools has drastically impacted our nation. Death tolls in the result of school shootings are evidentially becoming more and more repetitive. In January alone, over a dozen shootings on school grounds have been reported. The number of cases regarding these shootings and founded weaponry on school grounds is steadily becoming more out of control.

Due to these dangerous circumstances, the public is currently demonstrating concern for change in these hazardous life and death situations. Last month, over a dozen cases involving gun shootings on school grounds have occurred. Gun control advocates confirmed that school shootings averaged once a week since 2013. In addition to the provided information, 300 calculated school shootings occurred in the last five years. The issue of gun usage, not only in schools but as well as in all of America, is becoming a prominent concern to the public.

Earlier this week, a student in Washington was shot in the parking lot of Oxon High School and reported to be in critical condition following his admittance to a nearby hospital. Two teens were arrested as a result of the shooting. Late last week, a Los Angeles 12-year-old girl brought a gun to school that accidentally went off inside her backpack. Police said the girl allegedly mistook the gun for a toy after she was taken into custody. Another incident in a Kentucky high school shooting that took place towards the end of last month, involved the death of two students and 18 other recorded injuries. Another incident late last month was an injury to a 16-year-old in a Texas school after being shot by another student.

These are only a few of the several shootings that occurred this year. The staggering rise of lethal gun usage in our communities is hindering concern and desperate change that needs thorough consideration. Numerous lives from gun violence have been taken in the marking of one month since the new year. The large number of injuries resulted from gun violence as well as in schools needs to be an immediate wake-up call to prevent further tragedies and mass shootings from happening. Stricter security within schools and more advanced drills in ignition to gun-related incidents need establishing in case of an emergency that could happen at hand.

In response to the increasing amount of gun usage on school grounds, individuals impacted by school shootings have spoken out to the public. The mother of a deceased 15-year-old who died at the hands of a gunman in a Kentucky school last month recently expressed her reactions to WKRN. “It’s just so hard to believe that somebody in a split second could take two lives and injure so many in just a short amount of time (referring to the school shooter at the Kentucky high school)” the mother shared. “I don’t know if I can go to court and see him. I just don’t know if I can, but I want him to pay for everything he’s done. I also want to pray for him too, because I know he’s probably having a hard time too, but he took our baby. He still took my baby away from me.”

A hurting mother with a deceased child from the hands of a gunman should be a strong indicator that our country is deeply being impacted from gun violence that has been a reoccurring issue in our public and schools. The safety of children around the U.S. should continue to be a high priority when it comes to schooling. Prevention of shootings needs to be considered and issued as a daily risk. It is best to observe extreme precaution to abnormal activities on school grounds and nearby areas.

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Aliyah Carroll | Buffalo, New York | Staff Writer For Affinity Magazine | Teen Journalist Correspondent For The Buffalo News | Twitter @aliyah_1616 | Email:

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