He threatened his classmates too who pleaded to spare their lives. However, the boy who had brought a handgun from his home shot his maths teacher in chest.
The incident at Sparks Middle School campus of the town has once again brought the issue of school violence in US, mainly indulged in by the adolescents, to the fore. However, the problem of school violence has become worldwide now.
In India too, incidents of school bullying, ragging and violence are on rise. Sometime ago, a female teacher was stabbed to death by a student in a Chennai-based school.
"In recent years, assault by weapon, cases of intimidation and bullying, and alcohol possession have all more than doubled on school properties," informs the web site dosomething.org in respect of school violence.
The web site adds, "Students aren’t the only ones in danger of school violence. Almost 7 percent of teachers reported being threatened or physically injured by a student from their school."
According to a research study by Cornell and associates, cited by Scott Neumann in his news story some time ago, the satrapy of 'threat assessment approach' to identify students who might be a risk to others and then intervene to change the behavior as a preventive measure is an effective way to deal with school violence.
According to the researchers, the schools which are strict in structure and discipline but also having supportive connections with students, have far less violent crimes, less bullying, higher test scores.
I too think that schools need to be treated as a web of relationships as community of learners and teachers must preserve the self-esteem of their students and professionalize their work to make children accomplish their learning potentials so that become the superior and safe places for children.