Zeckual D. Gray
12 April 2013
America’s Decline In School Safety
You are in the mall and someone yells everyone "'Get down!" Or I will shoot." Your first instinct is to hit the ground before shots are fired. Now imagine that in the school cafeteria. Scary, right? As scary as it sounds scenarios from horror movies are playing out in schools all over America. You are eating lunch in the cafeteria and a student enters the cafeteria and starts firing off a firearm. First instinct is to scream for help and get on the ground, but why are scenes like this taking place in the learning place. The place where we are told we are the safest, maybe even safer than home. If school is so much safer than home then why are school shootings on the rise? "Most of us already know that too many of our movies, television shows, music songs, and video games are filled with trash: grisly murder scenes, dismemberment and disembowelment, nonstop profanity, rape and torture scenarios". By placing scenes like these in movies for the youth to see the media is causing America to become more violent than is needed. The real question is, WHY AMERICA? Why are “SCHOOL SHOOTINGS” on the rise?
Gun culture displayed by media seems to be one of the most important causes for those acts of violence. As a journalist mentions, “Considering countless gun movies and video games in our daily life, how could we forget violence”. Somehow, violent movies could either remind us of the bloody cruelty or lead us to violence; it depends on how we display brutality. Unfortunately, perhaps the media chooses a wrong way. As soon as we compare the advertisements of Kill Bill and that of Schindler's list, we could know movie makers’ attitudes on violence. Advertisements for action movies seem to be more appealing, which leads to a situation where children think gun violence is cool rather than cruel. What is worse, some adolescents feel so absorbed in the movie that they...