Instructor: Julie Full- Lopez
Due Date: April 3, 2008
Shootings On College Campuses
It is not unusual that someone gets nervous about walking on a college campus at night alone, but what about his or her fear in the classroom? "Why would someone fear being in a classroom?," one may ask. It may be because of the increasing number of shootings on college campuses, nationwide, within the last ten years. The number of major college campus shootings, that have occurred in the United States, has doubled within the last decade (Cornell). These shootings have caused changes among colleges and college students. Shootings on college campuses have had negative and positive effects on colleges and their students across the nation.
School shootings were once a rarity amongst colleges. Now, the number of college campus shootings in the United States has increased by 87.5% within the last ten years (Cornell).
One year ago, there was a college campus shooting that lead to the deaths of 33 people, including the shooter (Smith). It took place on April 16, 2007 on the campus of Virginia Tech. This was said to be the largest mass killing in American history (Smith). Another incidence occurred just two months ago on Valentine's Day (Site). This shooting led to five people dead, including the shooter, and it took place on the campus of Northern Illinois University near Chicago (Site). These campus shootings are just two examples of many. Campus shootings have ruined the lives of innocent people and their families. The shooters of these "campus massacres" decide to direct their anger towards others instead of resolving their own issues, abandoning human morality and personal responsibility.
Campus shootings are seeming to become less common and have had negative effects on colleges and their students.