Society Is Scary: There's A Kids' Book About School Shootings
It’s with heavy hearts that we report on not one, but two different campus shootings that happened today. In remembering the victims of today’s violence, we will not be publishing the names of the suspected shooters. At Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, a freshman opened fire on his fraternity brothers, wounding Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek, and Nicholas Piring, and killing Colin Brough. At Texas Southern University, there was another shooting that left one wounded, and another person who died while in medical care.
This was the third shooting at TSU this week. We are sickened, and so, so tired of America’s gun problem. We’ve become so accustomed to this mass violence — so accustomed that the second suggestion on Google when searching, “what to do in school,” is “what to do in school shooting.” It’s so pervasive in our culture that now there’s even a children’s book on the subject.
Called I’m Not Scared… I’m Prepared!, the book teaches kids what actions to take in the case of a lockdown. It follows a grade school-aged ant learning how to defend himself against ‘ant-hungry wolves.’ Scary. The book comes from a company called A. L. i. C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate), where police officers and other certified individuals teach self-defense tactics to school staff members in case of an emergency.
We don’t think it’s necessarily a bad idea – anything that can save lives is amazing – but the fact that there’s become a need for such a product in our society is baffling. It clearly signals a need for reform somewhere, but politicians seem too committed to antiquated policies to incite change. We have to keep rallying, and never stay silent on matters like these. As the book, and Teddy Roosevelt once said, “The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
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Check out the website for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to see what you can do to help.