Student Speak: Threat of gun violence out of control

Olivia Guyet, Entertainment Editor

Just in the early months of 2023, the United States has gotten no pardon for its recent outbreak of mass shootings, whether it’s in certain public places, university campuses, high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools.
The more these shootings happen in public places, the more terror and fear floods into the spaces Americans pass through every day, making it hard for people to even feel safe in areas they once called home and once seemed like a secure environment. On the other hand, others tend to happen behind closed doors. Some shootings are motivated by personal grievances, but the worst part is others are horrifyingly random. The widespread attention that has been plastered all over the news about these recent shootings, warnings, and threats have created chaos, fear, and uncertainty all over the country.

According to ABC News, on April 10th, it was recorded that there have been at least 146 mass shootings so far this year in the US alone, showing that there have been more shootings than days in 2023 in itself. Those statistics do not even cover the number of threats and warnings that have happened in 2023, leaving students, families, and friends terrified for themselves and others.

Not only have these shootings been slowly spiraling out of control and have slowly been coming to the “norm” with news that we hear in our everyday lives, but also there has been warnings and threats that have spread throughout school systems, creating a hostile and worrisome environment for students, faculty, and family across the country. As it comes to our attention, universities and school districts have been experiencing a dramatic increase in false reports of school shootings and campus threats. Regardless of these false accusations and statements about active shooters in a school area, it’s absolutely repulsive for people even to be joking about such a serious matter in the first place. The more threats and accusations that spike across the US, the more fear it builds for students and faculty to walk into schools on a daily basis.

According to Valleynewslive, Gretchen Hjelmstad talks about Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo threat in early March of 2023. The principal of the school said that “Red River Regional Dispatch received a call at 9:35 a.m. indicating an active shooter situation was happening at the school. The school initiated emergency response protocols, and the building was checked by law enforcement, who determined there was no threat to the school.” Not only that but also North Highschool “was also put into lockdown at 9:59 a.m. after dispatch audio indicated a man called and said he “was walking into the school with a rifle.”

These are just two out of hundreds of examples of threats and warnings that school systems and universities have been dealing with continuously. Sick people have been finding ways to hack and “prank” schools in the country to create chaos and stir up horror for their own enjoyment. Especially in this day of age, we should not have to worry about our students and faculty not being safe in a school environment and having to worry about our well beings constantly.

As a student myself, it is absolutely heartbreaking to see how so many other high schoolers have been personally affected and traumatized by these recent shootings, especially since school is supposed to be a safe place to learn and socialize. I have had family members that have been affected directly by university shootings and threats and have seen firsthand how one person with a gun can drastically change someone’s life so easily.

Although this is a situation we cannot 100% fix and get rid of, there still needs to be more control towards gun use. Being a student at a school or university today and having to worry about the possible risks of going to school is something that should be taken extremely seriously. Even though we can’t take back the lives that have been lost due to school shootings, we as students can still bring justice to their names and continue to fight for a safer and a more sheltered school environment.