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Jokes aside, safety first

The week of a student begins with school, the start of a violent disruption begins with terror. The two should not mix and more acknowledgment of this danger must be addressed in detail. Many shootings happened in educational institutes. The most recent one ended with 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; it is the eighteenth US school shooting since the year started (according to Everytown—a nonprofit group).

Two weeks prior to this shooting was a middle school shooting in Los Angeles (LA) where many students were results and numbers to the event. Outcomes of were uncalled for: two 15-year-olds shot and others cut by bullets, according to a CNN article. A 12-year-old student who came to school with a firearm in her backpack was taken into custody.

“What is it that would make a child want to come to school with a gun?” Vivian Ekchian, interim superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), said to the LA Times.

While the amount of school shootings can be overwhelming to anyone, the existence of laughter is not noted. Many students have stressors and hard times in a school setting, and jokes float around in context of death or shooting. However, the jokes are highlighted to be more significant and long-lasting than the incident itself. These formulated jokes are completely unreasonable. It is inevitable for tragic events to occur, so more realization on the students’ part should take place.

Students should already know how to react to emergencies such as lockdowns, fires, and earthquakes; furthermore, there should be how-tos for the aftermath of any emergencies, to all extents. Within an acknowledgement of violence in years past in the U.S., the aspect of politics, education, and media; for which students need to be more prepared.

For one corner of the U.S. to the other three, jokes about fatal incidents are not best to be vocalized in learning environments and should be carefully taken into authoritative figures’ observations.

Rather than having school shootings constant become a reality, students should learn more about the danger of coming across this unlawful setting. As stated in the LA Times article about the Sal Castro Middle School shooting, LAUSD board member Nick Melvoin said: “This is not just an LA Unified problem…this has become an epidemic in this country.”

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