What we learn from the bystander effect is that if you are going to be ethical, you sometimes have to rise above cost-benefit analysis. For each individual bystander, the cost benefit approach says not to intervene.
Gun violence in the schools has received a great deal of attention, especially in the years -- inclusive of similar incidents -- since the most famous of the initial wave of school shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999.
Let's notice the lonely children, parents, and young adults. Advocate for them. Prevent bullying. Let's surround kids with invitations to engage; education and mental health services to support; and integrated plans for serving their needs. Let's make it difficult to want the gun, let alone get the gun.
We have not created a safe environment. As parents and citizens, that's our job. And we have failed. When you fail, you are supposed to change and adapt. You are supposed to act, not cower with helplessness. You are supposed to do something beyond hoping and crossing your fingers or knocking on wood.
School shootings are a common occurrence these days. The shooting in Oregon shook America... but not enough to do anything about it.
While only a small proportion of the gun deaths in the United States occur on campuses, such events make it starkly evident that higher education must attend to the role of guns in American culture and bring the force of our roles to bear against the violence that is endemic in our country.
Originally published on Unwritten by Kylie Stigar-Burke. Unfortunately after school last week, I discovered the news of two campus shootings in one d...
I am currently a sophomore in college attending Northern Arizona University. It was reported Thursday night that there had been a school shooting...1 student killed and 3 injured.
It isn't easy filming people who are enduring such physical and emotional hurt. But this needs to be done. The members of Delta Chi stand in the front, heads bowed, arms around one another, tears in their eyes and pain on their faces. What happened next might be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?
We need to stop "othering" and start respecting brain disorders as serious health issues. We also need to get political and take action to start funneling money and resources into research and care.
Currently, the largest national prescription for school shooting prevention happens to be active shooter training. Everyone wants to be prepared. And we should be. Just like we need to be prepared for all types of disasters, manmade or natural.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, The Conversation US asked two public health researchers on gun violence to help us understand this latest violent act.
Once again we are confronted with a school shooting. As eager as we are to receive reassurances from the NRA's executive director, Wayne LaPierre, following these events, it is unrealistic to expect him to offer words of comfort after every mass shooting.
Following yet another mass shooting in Oregon leaving nine people dead and several injured, the GOP has, yet again, turned on the platitude generator, prepared their excuses, and spewed out another plethora of idiotic comments. That shooting was number 264 of the mass shootings in 274 days this year.
Guns and mental illness are merely attributes of these shootings, they are not the reason why numerous kids are killing people. It is time we stopped fooling ourselves and started asking why our youth are so disaffected that they're lashing out, murderously, at the world we've given them.