Have Students Forgotten the Lessons of Columbine?

Posted by on March 23, 2011

An Arizona student with a loaded gun reportedly intended to shoot a teacher. Students knew he had a gun the week before.

Have students forgotten the lessons of Columbine?

One of the top lessons from the 1999 attack at Columbine High School is that students often know ahead of time of a potential threat to school safety.  An emphasis after Columbine was placed on encouraging students to report such knowledge and/or concerns.

This February incident at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona, is only one of several incidents driving recent discussions I have had with colleagues about the need to focus back on the fundamentals of school safety and emergency planning.

We have a new generation of students, teachers, school administrators, and others in school today, many who were not in these positions at the time of (or immediately after) the Columbine High School incident over a decade ago. 

It may not be a case of students and others forgetting the lessons of Columbine.  It may instead be that they have never been taught them.

Ken Trump

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