This Week in Family
On Friday, May 18th, a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, left 10 people dead and over a dozen injured. As shootings persist in America’s schools, families, educators, and politicians are debating how best to prevent a troubled teen from becoming the next gunman.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty examined the history of American school shootings and prevention attempts, to get a better idea of what has worked and what hasn’t. On the Monday following the Santa Fe shooting, she reported that while schools and families can take important steps, there’s a limit to what they can do as long as the teen in question has access to a gun.
“Virtually everyone I spoke with, from the FBI to academic researchers, told me it’s nearly impossible to stop a determined shooter; they’re always one creative step ahead,” Hagerty writes.
This illustration by Niv Bavarsky accompanied Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s piece, “The Futility of Trying to Prevent More School Shootings in America.”
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