2018 ‘worst year for US school shootings’
With a staggering 113 people shot dead in schools in the US in 2018, the BBC reports this is the worst ever total of deaths from what is becoming a sadly all too common occurrence. The growth in fatalities far outstrips population growth meaning this is a real increase in the problem.
But unfortunately there is no consensus on how to address the issue. There are calls for tighter gun control, better security in schools, even arming teachers. And in the long-term of course a need to understand why it happens and how it can be prevented even from being an option in the minds of the young men who carry out these attacks.
It does make you wonder how to find a balance between openness and security for children at school.