How is Gun Control Related to the Growing Issue of School Bullying?

April 14, 2018
Posted on: April 14, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
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On February 14, 2018, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida went on a deadly shooting rampage at the school, killing 17 students. A month later after the tragic incident, students from all over the country rallied together and “walking out” of their schools in protest of gun violence. The topic of gun control has created a heated discussion in our country’s politics in the last several years, and almost every American has a different opinion of what should be done to continue or fix the policies currently in place. One similar factor in the gun control arguments has related to school shooting, and the shooting’s relations to bullying and harassment that is occurring.

How Are These Two Things Related?

No one can deny that school shootings have become more frequent in our country; there have been several mass shootings on school campuses in 2018 alone. In attempting to understand and determine the reason behind these deadly attacks, professionals and legal authorities have tried to find the root of the problem. One very common determinant between many of the school shooters has been a retaliation against bullies. The Parkland shooter, like many others, was seen by other students as bullied and ostracized constantly, and he was viewed as a lonely person with not many friends. The brother of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, and some of Cruz’s former classmates later expressed regret for bullying him during his time at Parkland, for they could see how that taunting behavior would have led to his violent actions.

Gun control and bullying are completely separate topics because they each have their own underlying issues that need to be addressed by very different parties. However, the one connection between these two media-laden topics is gun violence. There is a history of former bullied students purchasing guns and hurting others or just wanting to generally retaliate against the schools as a whole. It’s crucial to realize this connection, because bullying is a very serious issue that can clearly have terrible consequences. There are more ways for kids to bully each other now as well (cyberbullying), so it’s imperative for parents, students, and teachers to know all of the dangers and consequences of school bullying.

Contact Ramey Law, P.C. if you believe that your child or another student is being bullied at school. We will help investigate who is at fault, and we will get compensation for any physical or mental injuries that your child endured.