School Violence and My Novel, Chameleon

Susan Finlay Writes

In the U.S. we hear about school shootings, threats, bullying, and lockdowns almost on a weekly basis, it seems. The problems occur not only in high schools, but also elementary schools, middle schools, and universities. Three of the most well-known cases are the December, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the April, 2007, shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institutes and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the April, 1999, shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

According to a survey of students aged 12-18 conducted by the CDC in 2011, 5.4 percent of students reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife, club) to school on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey. If that’s not scary enough, in 2009, 7 percent of teachers reported that they have been threatened with injury or physically attacked by a student from their school. Between…

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