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article imageOp-Ed: Virginia Tech Massacre could have been prevented

By Stan Rezaee     Mar 16, 2012 in Crime
On March 14, 2012 a jury found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning of the first shootings in the massacre that left 33 dead. Jurors returned the verdict in a wrongful death civil suit brought by the parents of two victims.
The failure to warn students regarding the first shooting was an irresponsible action by the school, but it pales to the fact that the administration failed to take appropriate action that could have prevented the massacre.
The administration failed to notice the signs that indicated the individual to be a threat to the school, reports CNN. Unfortunately many school massacres could have been prevented had administrations made the effort to isolate the threat.
Many school shooters have shared common traits of social isolation while demonstrating behavior that is disturbing. Their disenfranchisement from campus society leads to them develop resentment towards students who have great social status and influence- a.k.a. the popular kids. This was true regarding Seung-Hui Cho, Jeff Weise, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
These ticking time-bombs are not hard to identify, they are very obvious to spot. Their teachers and classmates are aware of the individual’s behavior and are very disturbed by it. Attempts are made to warn the school administrations regarding the individual but the only action taken is having a consular suggest the individual seeks guidance.
Basically no real attempt is made to help or isolate the individual. Unfortunately the school administration would rather ignore the problem than to risk coming in conflict with the individual parents who may have a different opinion regarding their child's behavior. As a result the persons hate will continue to develop leaving the students at risk.
When the individual embarks on a rampage, everyone will look surprised and ponder on how all this could have been prevented. This is followed by a wave of moral panic as people will try to blame some entity other than the incompetence of the school administration.
If schools actually took the needed actions of having the individual seek therapy or face expulsion. If therapy fails then the only reasonable solution would be to have the individual institutionalized. These methods may seem harsh but it is necessary to prevent potential massacre.
The fact that Virginia Tech failed to warn students of the shooting is proof of how incompetent schools are at handling such a crisis. It’s sad but schools need to stop being so lazy and do what is needed to prevent these massacres.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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