The Real Danger of School Shootings
Posted by B_____ on October 4, 2006
This just in… Due to the recent school shootings at predominantly white non-urban schools there is a crisis in America that needs some action and right away. Your children are at risk. George Bush cares, though, and is assembling the greatest minds in our country to work on this problem. Teachers unions, the National Parent Teacher Association, school administrators and even the FBI will participate in a conference to sit around and discuss these urgent problems. Their recommendations will at best be put together in a pamphlet to be distributed to all of the nation’s schools to make them safer (presumably these pamphlets will be numerous and made of advanced bullet resistant material) and at worst be mandated and associated with federal school funding without actually increasing funding. Schools used to sucking at the federal teat will be forced to jump through even more hoops to get their all important federal dollar…
My local news today decided to interview an administration official from a local, predominately white and affluent, public school system to discuss their plans for dealing with violence in schools. King George really does want to have a conference to come up with solutions for these problems. All I have to say is, and I mean this with utmost respect to so-called authority figures, bullshit.
I’m not trying to take anything away from the pain and suffering of those who are families of victims of these recent and well publicized acts of horror and pain. I’m just trying to point out that acts of violence and horror are perpetrated upon students all around the country every day. Violence is an every day part of life in many urban school districts. Weapons are found. Areas surrounding schools are nearly war zones filled with drugs and irresponsible people with firearms. But the media and King George care not then. Oh, 60 minutes or Dateline might occasionally have a piece about some school in New York or L.A. but these things happen every day. There might be a five minute speech somewhere about personal responsibility and progress but that’s not much. It’s not until violence happens somewhere where the media and the state don’t think it should happen that some broken before it starts half measure will be enacted. I’m not suggesting that the federal government try to come up with a real solution but watch the drumbeat of the media for the government to do something and the media whoring of politicians as they line up to solve problems and spend money they don’t have.