School Violence

Are American schools safe?


A White House conference next week will grapple with violence at public schools, including the shooting rampages last year that left 13 students and teachers dead and 47 wounded. While it was not the bloodiest year in U.S. school history, it will be remembered as the year teens turned to mass murder to solve adolescent problems. Since then, schools have adopted zero-tolerance policies on threats, established hot lines for threat tips, installed metal detectors and instituted dress codes. Many states lowered the age at which youths who murder can be tried as adults, but lawmakers refused to close gun-law loopholes that allow teens access to guns. Many parents and school officials, meanwhile, blame the deaths on society's steadily increasing glorification of violence.

Michael Carneal pleaded guilty ...

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