Better East Texas: Remaining vigilant best defense to prevent school attacks

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It has been 15 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

While society and law enforcement have learned a lot, there have been more than 50 attacks, Columbine-linked plots, or other serious threats against schools in the U.S. So, that is an average of more than three per year where disturbed, desperate individuals plot to or carry out some kind of attack.

Law enforcement and psychologists have found links to bullying in many of the cases and in others, the perpetrators are just seeking notoriety and even fame before going out in a blaze of glory. Bullying happens at every school, even right here in East Texas. As parents, friends, teachers and school administrators, we need to be vigilant in our watch for situations that can lead to a threat against a school.

There have been several threatening incidents this school year so we must treat these as priorities and not ignore them or hope they will go away, like the common cold. So, if you have a child in school or are around children, we must listen, investigate and act, if necessary. We need to talk to them, watch trends in social media and generally just be involved in their lives.

We can address this and stop any more incidents like Columbine from happening. It is a huge need for our children and our society and will make for a Better East Texas.

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