In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school in
Parkland, Florida, a majority of American teens say they are very
or somewhat worried about the possibility of a shooting happening
at their school — and most parents of teens share that concern,
according to new Pew Research Center surveys of teens ages 13 to
17 and parents with children in the same age range.
Meanwhile, when it comes to what can be done to prevent this kind
of violence, far more teens view proposals focused on mental
illness, assault-style weapon bans and the use of metal detectors
in schools as potentially effective than say the same about
allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns in schools.
It is absolutely shameful that we as a country have let it get to the point where a majority of teenagers are worried about a shooting at their school. When I was in high school 30 years ago, the notion that there even could be a shooting at my school never crossed my mind.