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Don’t Just Sit There! Stop School Shootings

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Through recent movements and marches, students nationwide are spreading awareness to help prevent school shootings, even here in Greenville.

(Photo credit kalhh on pixabay) Through recent movements and marches, students nationwide are spreading awareness to help prevent school shootings, even here in Greenville.

(Photo credit kalhh on pixabay) Through recent movements and marches, students nationwide are spreading awareness to help prevent school shootings, even here in Greenville.

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The number of school shootings has been on the rise during the past few years. There have been more than 300 school shootings in the United States these past few years since 2012. Since the Parkland Florida School shooting, Brashier has been working on increasing security on campus to improve student safety.

“I think [the Parkland School Shooting] was horrific. I feel like people should have seen the signs because there were definitely some. We should use this tragedy as a way to improve school safety nationwide to prevent this from happening again,” says junior Kassidy Glenn.

Brashier has taken its own steps to keep students safe. Although Brashier has had many safety precautions in place for years, according to Mrs.Freeman there have been new locks added to the doors and security cameras have been installed on campus. The new alarms alert students and staff when someone exits a door other than the front door. This way the staff can ensure that traffic is only coming through the front doors while school is in session. Teachers also participated in a day of training provided by the ProActive Response Group, according to Freeman, on how to handle an active shooter situation. They were taught how to take down a gunman and what escape routes to take from their classrooms as well as how to perform first aid for victims who are shot.

“With the recent events of violence in schools in our country, school safety seems to be a hot topic everywhere you go. We have a Safety Committee comprised of teachers, staff, and administrators that have been working all year to update safety plans and make sure that we are communicating effectively with all members of the school community,” says assistant principal Trina Freeman.

Although school shootings are a national problem, there have also been school shootings here in the Upstate. Concerns about student safety have prompted South Carolina legislature to attempt to pass their own bill. This bill would make it a crime to threaten injury, death, or property damage with a firearm at a school.

“The thought of kids now being scared to go to school is not right. I think that the whole situation could have been avoided if the boy didn’t have access to the gun. Many people say it could have been avoided if someone had cared about his mental health, but why did the shooter need access to a gun?” says sophomore Mallory Smith.

School shootings are happening right here in the Upstate, like the Townville Elementary School shooting and the school shooting at Southside High School. Even newly transferred Brashier students have experienced school shootings that, despite preparation from their former high school, have left them with a mental scar. This goes to show that school shootings can happen anywhere.

“I have not been in a school shooting, but I have seen how it is on TV. It’s scary to me, and I hope I never have to experience it,” says junior Benjamin Yeargin.

Schools are supposed to be a place where students go to feel safe and learn, but nowadays it seems that it’s quite the opposite. It’s troubling that it takes a deadly event like the Parkland school shooting to spread awareness and make people take action. It’s important that students stand up for what they believe in.

“I think it’s very important for students to stand up for what they believe in. Change can’t be made by someone who doesn’t know the true concern of those affected by what’s been going on. The more students speak up, the more our peers will listen and realize we are scared and we shouldn’t be. I think students should continue to do things like marches to raise awareness because they seem to get more people involved,” says junior Paeden Dubiel.

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