Bullied Students Sneak Thousands of Guns Into Schools

The Secular Jurist

Bullying victims are sneaking hundreds of thousands of firearms, knives and clubs into U.S. high schools, according to a chilling new analysis that carries the eerie echoes of one recent mass school assault and two potential near misses.

Extrapolating from a survey of American high school students by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that bullied students who are threatened or injured by a weapon on school property were eight times more likely to then choose, themselves, to carry a weapon to campus.

More alarming: Bullying episodes have a cumulative effect, vastly boosting the likelihood that a chronically harassed student will choose to pack a weapon before returning to a high school, the study found.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/bullied-students-sneak-thousands-guns-schools-n95781

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Oklahoma Schools Need Adequate Tornado Shelters, Says Petition

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rachel Maddow reported recently on her cable news show that the town of Moore has an unacceptably low number of tornado shelters for it residents. Even public elementary schools were without adequate places for children to go for safety during the powerful tornadoes that ripped through the town last month. A petition has begun recently on Change.org to address the problem.

The petition, entitled “Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma State Legislature: Enact Legislation to Ensure OK Schools have Adequate Tornado Shelters” says:

“As many as 24 little children at an elementary school in Moore may have lost their lives because there has never been the money to build secure storm shelters for them. All schools should be able to accommodate all students and faculty, if not below ground, then in some area of the building constructed specifically to withstand 200 mph winds.”

If you’d like to sign this petition, go to Change.org.