Examining The Widespread Impact Of Columbine


What were the specific results of the Columbine high school massacre? U.S. News & World Report compiled a summary. The parents of the two killers faced more than a dozen lawsuits. None went to trial, but the parents, the sheriff’s office, and gun suppliers paid out over $4 million in settlement money.

School districts across the country took action. Wayne Township, near Indianapolis, installed closed-circuit cameras at every school and created a voice mail system where students can anonymously report other students threatening violence. At many schools fire drills have been supplemented by lock-down drills, where students practice staying in the classroom as they might during a shooting. Almost 30 states have passed legislation that requires or recommends school safety plans. A key may be providing students with an anonymous outlet to report potential incidents. The Secret Service reported 2002 hootings that in almost all school shootings, others knew beforehand that the student was considering a violent attack.

Link: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/050404/4redlake.b.htm

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