Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing
1. Graczyk, Michael. (2013, September 4). Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing. Austin American Statesman.
2. Category of problem: School aged children
3. Level of problem: State Level
4. The article concerns: Spring, Texas (Houston area) fight outside of local high school that escalated into the death of a 17 year old student as well as stab wounds to others.
5. Why is this important to families/individuals or how does it affect individuals/families? This definitely affects the individuals who were involved in this tragic case, as well as the families of these individuals. The superintendent of the school district (Draper) stated, "every parent sends their child to school believing school should be one of those safe haven places." In regards to this, I believe that, too. School should be a "safe place" for children to go to, but nowadays, fights, as stated in the article, are getting worse. Families, parents especially, are scared for their children's safety and even the individual (student) are scared for their own safety as well. Text messages from children were sent to parents asking them to be picked up because of the severity of their terror. Parents were not even informed in a timely manner, which reflects poor actions on the school's part. Parent's should be kept informed on their children's safety, and if children are scared to attend school, this is a huge problem!
6. What are your own views? Something should be done to make fighting more controllable in their district. This is not the first time that fights have occurred at that school, so maybe the district should research different districts who have had the same problem with fighting and see what they did to fix it. I do believe though that there is only so much punishment and reprimanding that the school can do to the students who are involved in these incidents. Actions and punishments should go back to the parents or people responsible for raising the child, but in most cases, this is less possible, which causes more problems. Students entering high school should be required to take some sort of course on fighting, so that they can be more educated on the serious harm they could do to somebody and be educated in what the consequences are when you are involved in such altercations.