October 26, 2019 – Imagine, you are walking down the hallway on a calm and peaceful day, students are laughing, talking, and carrying on with their daily lives. All of a sudden “Bang, Bang” Your best friend from kindergarten lays dead on the floor. You are in a lost state, fearing for your life when everything around you is in chaos. No one is there to help you or nurture you as an individual may come and take your very life. This is an unfortunate reality for many American students.
On average, there are school shootings every seventy-seven days in the United States alone as of 2019, which is concerning American parents as they are sending their kids to schools with the uncertainty of them returning home. However, what are republican senators and state legislatures doing about these turbulent events that are occurring in our community? The answer is nothing. Due to political donors such as the National Rifle Association who oppose stricter gun laws, they contribute millions of dollars every year to the United States Economy. There is extra political pressure in Washington. However, there is an opportunity for change. In recent years, school officials have required students to hide under objects such as desks and chairs. The question is “What will happen if an active shooter chooses to bust down or shoot the door knob”?
Although many students are questioning the code red policy, there are also many other ways that schools can ensure a safe environment. One way is by providing a safe room in which students and staff members can hide with minimal noise. The rooms will be compatible and contain soundproof technology which will block the noise of gunshots or any other sounds that will trigger the hormone adrenaline. Despite the numerous causes for gun violence in schools across the United States, bullying can be the main cause of these incidents, especially amongst the white community. In the United States, white males between the ages of 14 and 24 are the primary focus groups when school shootings are concerned while minorities cause little to no violence in public schools. After concluding the demographics and racial facts of the situation, educators continue to solve this issue in the nearby future.