Addressing Violence at School: A Place for Peace Education?
Marjorie Church
High Point University
Jay Poole
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Addressing Violence at School: A Place for Peace Education?
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High
School in Columbine, Colorado and killed twelve students and one teacher before
committing suicide. It has been called the “worst high school shooting in U.S. history.”
(, 2009). Since then, there have been numerous media reports on shootings
at schools, colleges, and university campuses, including the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre
in which 32 people were killed and 17 others wounded by a student, Seung-Hui Cho.
According to (2015), it is “deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.” On
December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 26 people with an assault rifle before shooting himself.
20 of his victims were children aged 6 or 7 years old. These incidents and others indicate
that educational institutions at all levels are vulnerable to gun violence and other forms of
violence, at an alarmingly increasing rate (Hoffman, A. M., Schuh, J.H., & Fenske, R. H.,
1998, p. 38; Finley, L. L., (Ed.), 2011; Robers, S., Kemp, J., Rathbun, A., and Morgan,
R.E., 2014, p. 28).
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