Monday, October 02, 2006

Amish Shootout


What measures should local, state, and federal officials take to ensure the safety of all children in school? What freedoms are you willing to give up in order to be safe? This recent incident is extremely similar to one that occurred just last week; does the media have a responsibility to not glamorize criminals?


Students Killed by Gunman at Amish Schoolhouse.

10 comments:

Peter said...

Children just don’t seem safe anymore. Kids should at least be safe in school, unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. There have been a number of recent attacks on schools. Just a week ago there was an incident at Platte Canyon High School where 6 girls were molested and one was shot and killed. Then there was this incident at the school house in the Amish community, where a truck driver walked into a schoolhouse in the Amish community and shot as many as 10 girls, killing three immediately before committing suicide. The reason why these people can get into these schools so easily is because they can, their really isn’t anything to stop them. “The gunman, who was not Amish, evidently chose the small, private Amish school in Lancaster County about 55 miles west of Philadelphia because the security would be lax”- New York Times. If security was better these people would have a hard time getting into the schools. I read somewhere that some school is now having an armed guard at a school 24/7, which is a good first step but if the killer is skilled with his weapon one person really isn’t going to help. So instead there should be a variety of guards. Schools should have those buttons that they push in the banks that send a silent alarm. If the person that wants to do harm can’t get inside the school then their really wouldn’t be a problem. I think you can give up a little of your privacy rights if you want to be safe, because you never really no when something can happen to you.

W Brown said...

So bags searches and metal dectors at the door should be mandatory?

nyshee said...

it doesnt seem safe in schools any more... i saw it on the news last night on channel 7, seven people go shot but i dont know if any one surive the shootings. i saw alot of people crying in tears, wondering why, and not knowing why in school. i dont think metal dectors is the main thing because it takes up to much time to get into school and that there's alot of students and checking everyone will take for ever

W Brown said...

Is waiting on line to enter the school really that big of a deal? If it means no one gets shot I don't think it is too much to ask. Would metaldectors have stopped this most recent incident? I think not, but future attacks might be averted.

Jason Mangubat said...

I would like to write about what happened in the Amish school. It was very bad because I hate violence. I felt bad about the little boys and little girls. I found out that the Amish people reject violence. A crazy person walked into school and started shooting. The article was very interested in the background of the murderer. I think he was a nut with a gun.
In this case, I don’t think there was much anyone could do. The cops got there too late. Most of the little girls were killed.

W Brown said...

I do not think any blame should lay with the PA state police. In rural America a 15 min response time to a call is better than average. The teacher might have been able to call for help sooner had a phone been more easily accessible.

Edwin Genao said...

I think that violence in school is increasing, because of past events in schools. I don't think that the Amish schools shooting had anything to do with the past violent events in school, but I do think it might influence future school attacks. There should be more secruity in schools and teachers should be more alert on student behaviors. Kids do get ideas from what they see on TV. They also hear things on the news and schools should be more careful and alert.

Edwin Genao said...

I think that violence in school is increasing, because of past events in schools. I don't think that the Amish schools shooting had anything to do with the past violent events in school, but I do think it might influence future school attacks. There should be more secruity in schools and teachers should be more alert on student behaviors. Kids do get ideas from what they see on TV. They also hear things on the news and schools should be more careful and alert.

sharkey said...

As we talked about are our schools safe or not. I believe it’s a personal question to answer. Everyone has different opinions on the issue. I think local, state and federal should take some action. They should put extra security guards in the schools. For the worst schools put actual cops. If they have to put metal detectors in I will go by what they say. I feel safe even without the metal detectors or extra security guards. If others kids don’t feel safe I will walk metal detectors or searching bags. If you don’t have anything on you what do you have to worry about.
What happen to these kids was horrible. The guy should have just taken out on him. Not out these kids that were just sitting in school learning. The parents and family must be going through ruff times right now. Knowing that some of their children are not coming home.

Anonymous said...

Kids in school being safe seems like it is getting more and more scarce. I think some more precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of the kids (not only from strangers but from themselves.) Even though it won't make them completely safe, it will add a bit more of a sense of security. Alot of people will look at the metal detectors and think of a prison or something more bleak but as times change so must security options. I hate the idea of having to walk through metal detectors, or in the future seeing my children walk through them to go to elementary school but, I will feel a little safer for me and my kids. The only thing i wish was that people wouldn't be so violent or wish to hurt others, But that is one wish that can only change with people.
Michelle Asciote