California School Shooting
On March 5, 2001 a fifteen year-old freshman at Santana High School in Santee, California shot and killed two classmates and wounded thirteen other people. The San Diego Country District Attorney, Paul Pfingst says, “The fifteen year-old will most likely be tried as an adult”. One student John Schardt saw the shooter stepping out of the bathroom with a smile on his face while shooting rounds at people.
When the shooting started the faculty tried to evacuate the school before anyone was injured and it was said that it was utter chaos by some of the students and some off the students had no idea what was going on. One student, Alicia Zimmer said “there was a girl near her that was covered in blood and another that had blood on her arm.” She also said “when the shots were being fired it was almost like a cap gun.”
President Bush said that the shooting was a “disgraceful act of cowardice” and “when America teaches our children right form wrong and teaches values that respect life in our country, we’ll be better off.” He also said “First things are first. And our prayers go out to the families that lost a child today.”
I think that this is crazy. Our teens today hardly know right from wrong it seems when things like this happening. I mean for a kid to be smiling while shooting at people it is lunacy. Our country’s morals have declined so much in the past fifty years. This school shooting is one of many that have happened in the past two years. There was Columbine that pretty much started off all these and since then there has been nearly ten other shootings not all big but where one or more students have been injured or even killed. There was another shooting in California just two weeks after this one.
The question is what is driving all this violence with our youth today? Well I think that there are many factors that do so. Like, all the violence on television not just movies but even cartoons now days are nothing but fighting. What ever happened to the good old fashion cartoons like looney tunes?
There is also the factor of the parents rising the youth these days. Many of them are druggies or have three jobs. But, there is sometimes the case when the kid is just wacko for no apparent reason. What can we do to stop things like this from happening? Like President Bush said all that we can do now is try to teach our youth morals and norms and keep on praying.
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