City Desk

Can School Shootings Be Stopped?


It seems that the Post—along with its gazillion other blogs—now loves event blogging (for the new Nats stadium, for the Pope's upcoming visit). Now we get to read its Virginia Tech blog marking the one year anniversary of the school shootings. The blog is being written—or at least this entry—by Tech student Austin W.G. Morton. So what's Morton's relevance? He was Seung-Hui Cho's R.A.

After reading his serious, reflective post, I hope his entry doesn't get too lost in the Post's massive Web site. He begins his entry with a set of startling facts:

Forty. That's the death tally for 10 months' worth of shootings at universities. Arguably, three more – the number of student shooters – could be added to the total; although, whether they are included depends on whom you ask.

Since the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech, three fatal shootings occurred on various college campuses around the United States: Delaware State University, Louisiana Technical College and Northern Illinois University. The cost in human lives is equivalent to that of one person per week.

And then Morton goes on to wonder if school shootings are preventable—he doesn't think so. (Though he does endorse one prevention measure—serious at-risk assessment by campus medical staffers). It's a conclusion, we made last year as well with this story.

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  • Anarchology

    I understand that school shootings are horrible, but not as big of an issue as everyone seems to make of them. Here in Chicago, there have been over TWO DOZEN shootings with many fatalities just over this last weekend. Many of which happened outside of schools after school let out. Does this make national news???? NOOOO because it wasn't inside the school.

    School shootings in the nation news have more of a negative effect than a warning effect. Kids out there that are on the very tip of breaking see school shootings being televised all over the world as a way to become legends.

    The way to deal with these teens is to find a way for them to let out their aggression without violence. This pussied down of society making each student "special" only aids to the shootings. Tough love is needed in the cases of these kids.