Are we becoming desensitized to violence in schools?


Ten people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Texas just three months after 17 lost their lives in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

The outrage, rallies, and protests that took place across the country after the Florida school shooting were not visible after this latest one in Texas which has many wondering if we are becoming desensitized to violence in schools.

Many agree that mass school shootings are not rare in the United States, and some who survived the shooting last week weren’t even shocked by it. Local superintendents had their monthly meeting to discuss happenings in schools and turned the discussion to the shooting in Texas. "The question was asked, did anyone send anything out to our families like we did for Parkland, and no one said yes. We also received a lot of phone calls, and we are not hearing a lot of phone calls. So the desensitizing thing is happening, it's unfortunate," said Steve Lemanski, Superintendent of Agawam Schools. Superintendent Lemanski told Western Mass News that they discussed the fact that parents didn’t call the schools to voice concerns.

Lemanski noted that the constant active shooter training that kids are doing in schools adds to the anticipation that something might happen in their schools. "I think they are becoming very aware of the drills because of what’s going on in our world, and in our schools and unfortunately this is becoming common in our schools," he added.

Superintendent Lemanski said that they are focused on trying to work with kids and families to prevent of any sort of active shooter situation.

He noted the school system is prepared no matter how desensitized they may become.

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