The images of the Columbine High School Massacre still haunt me to this day.
In 1999, this was the first time I had ever heard of something like this happening, and I was a freshman in high school.
All I remember is being terrified to go to school, and all of our teachers trying to figure out the new drills. We had to hide under our desks, and stay away from the windows.
I went to school at Attica Senior High School where all of the Attica Correctional Facility employees children went. The school was dangerously close to the famous prison, so we all had to worry about someone trying to ransom us for the sake of a prison break.
It became a scary time for all of us to be going to school, and we all began to envy the homeschool kids.
The school shooting at Columbine High School remains a turning point in history.
It seems like every single time we turn on the news there is another school shooting that is labeled the deadliest mass shooting in our country.
Recently, we had the school shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. This is where we lost 17 lives, and the accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was captured and is being held without bail.
This comes after over 200 school shootings since 2013, and we have had many in this year alone. We are barely two months in.
My co-worker, Judy Smith-Cronk found an old magazine in our office from Jan.26, 1976 that sparked our interest in digging a little deeper into this topic.
The special report in the U.S. News and World Report shows us that Terror in Schools was a problem even then.
It is interesting to compare what was terror in those days to what we deal with on almost a daily basis now.
In those days the article points out that rape, gangs, vandalism, and drugs were a problem in schools. There were many cases of teachers being battered by students. However, there were not many cases of school shootings.
In 1965 the record shows there was no need for security in the schools, and by 1976 there were 700 security guards across the country stationed at schools.
Nowadays these ideas or statistics seem small, but in those times it was unheard of to be so violent in school. Just as it shocked them to have a sudden influx of violence, it certainly shocked us in 1999.
These stories of violence and evil intent continue to shock and horrify our nation. We have to fear sending our children to schools, movies, church’s, stores, and pretty much anywhere. The biggest fear is that we will create an entire generation of Agoraphobics.