School shooting and suicide prevention

Matthew Turn, Reproter

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      School shootings and suicide prevention have been the main topic in the media lately. Schools in response to shootings and suicides have tried to”toughen up” by training teachers and setting up defenses against weapons to keep them out of school. However, many question if this is a step in the right direction.

     After several shootings, experts got together and put together a plan on how to stop these shootings and how to see threats. They also show how to appropriately take care of them.

   One thing they suggest is instead of hardening the schools to instead soften them to be more supportive than aggressive.

   The plan involves evaluating school environments nationwide and getting rid of punishments like suspension and expulsion while trying to keep a safe emotional and physical environment.

   Schools would not only have an on-duty police officer but would have specialists like psychiatrists and social workers to help improve the school environment.

     “I think it would be great if the school brought in social workers. Sometimes I think people just need someone to listen to them,”  said Kaitlyn Roth (‘21).

   If there is a possible threat to the school, the school would mimic the government and keep a close eye on them, monitoring them on what they do and how they act to make sure they are a true threat or not.

“The reason why a lot of rescue dogs get bad scores on behavioral tests is that they test them at the shelter. It’s cold, the floors are hard and it’s unfamiliar. Most of the time after they’re adopted they are as a good dog as any, but it’s the harsh environment that they are in that provokes negative behavior. The same goes for school environments. If you don’t feel comfortable, you find any reason to get away from it. If you feel like you are where you are supposed to be, you are going to want to keep it the way it is and not want to do anything to change it,”  said Mark Magallanes (21).

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