School Shootings: Who is to Blame?
The recent tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado
have raised the inevitable question "Who is to blame?" The following
is a list of possible possible influencing factors in the school shootings
at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado and other related school shootings
such as Jonesboro and Paducah:
Family - Should the parents have known
what their children were doing in their own homes?
Guns - Has the NRA gun lobby prevented
legislation that would prevent shootings?
Internet - The students gained information
about how to build deadly pipe bombs and propane bombs from web sites on
Video Games - Children spend
hundreds of hours on 'Murder Simulators', desensitizing them to real violence.
Television - Is the exposure that
students who commit these crimes encouraging others to do the same?
Movies - Scenes from "The Basketball
Diaries" starring Leonardo DeCaprio shows a student entering a classroom
and killing students and the teacher. "Natural Born Killers" sparked
at least 100 copycat killings.
The Students themselves- Are the
students who planned and executed the plan ultimately to blame?
Security - Would heightened security
in schools help to solve the problem?
Tolerance - Is the answer for our
society to be more tolerant of each other?
Music - The two students in the Littleton
incident listened to Marilyn Manson, is this partially to blame?
Gun Control Legislation Roadblocks(Dateline NBC Broadcast
Dateline Broadcast - The Internet gave students the information
they needed to build bombs.
Sixty Minutes broadcast - Ex Marine claims video games are
Is violence in television, and more specifically, television coverage of
the shootings and the exposure that is gained from these shootings to blame?
Shootings similar to the one in Littleton has all happened
in rural or sub-urban schools, but not urban schools. Potentially
increased security to match that of urban schools might be an answer?
If the studetns in Littleton, including the killers, all
had a more tolerant outlook, would they still have committed this crime?
Could violent music have influenced these teenagers?
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Betrus Last Updated 4/26/99.