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I've read the CNN and MSNBC articles on the summit so far.

As expected, they are focusing on the tragedy-level events. Preventing the tradgedy-level events (suggesting students snitch on others who are planning the tragedy-level events, more securty, and so on).

But, so far, no word on preventing the tragedy-level events from being considered as an option.

It's true that there is no set pattern. The violence in recent months proved that.

Some of the shooters were adults and took their violence out on students in schools as easily as they could have walked into a business or someone's home or other location.

Others were students who, reportedly, were victims of abuse in or out of school and, for whatever reason, felt the need to strike back with violence.

Others used the violence or threat of violence as what appears to be crys for help.

But, so far, the only suggestions seem to be to track down those who might commit tragedy-level events and prevent the events from occuring at that point. Thus far, no suggestions on changing attitudes and actions to prevent any abuse upon those who may end up turning to violence as their solution to abuse they've suffered.

The situations with the adults in the Colorado and Pennsylvania shootings aren't as easy to pin down (especially since the attackers commited suicide so we can't get a clear picture of all the facts) as those situations with students taken violent acts against their abusers.

While in the adult cases, better security is probably the only option available to schools, when it comes to students/kids, there should be a lot more that should be done. Stopping abuse, no matter what form the abuse takes, in its early stages and at the youngest ages, both in and out of school, is one of the ways of cutting down on the tragedy-level violence options that are being chosen by some students/kids as a solution to their being abused.

By ending the romantic view or trivialization of abuse in school (which is partly caused by terming it "bullying"), and treating it the exact same as abuse outside of school will go a long way both to ending violence (whether violence towards others or towards one's self) as a solution to abuse and encourage individuals, once grown up, that abuse is wrong and shouldn't be taken no matter what form it takes.

Hopefully, by the time the summit ends, such a suggestion may be made.


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