HOUSTON, April 9, 2013 — Multiple students have been stabbed in the Health and Sciences Resource building at the Cypress, Texas location of Lone Star College, which is now on lockdown. It is unclear at this point how many victims there are, but the number runs as high as 14 and two are in critical condition, according to KHOU-TV. The stabbings are said to be the result of one student on a one-man rampage.
Only one suspect is involved in the incident, though there have been reports of another suspsect still at large. “Stay away from the area,” the college has advised its students. “Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved.”
Life Flight has flown onto the campus as well as several ambulances have arrived. At least one suspect has been detained; officials say that one more may be at large.
One student, Derrick Madison, told this columnist: “It’s getting really difficult to stack mid-terms, class assignments, and financial tuition on top of worrying whether or not my classmates are going to kill me. It’s too much.”
Another student said that it looked like the majority of victims were women. This past January, at the North Harris location of Lone Star, three people were injured in a shooting.
Theaters, shopping malls, schools, and elementary schools: it seems more and more of these tragedies of violence are occurring in these public places.
Sometimes they are gang-related. Other times it’s a madman who “snapped” and unleashed his rage and pain on society. But something needs to change to better secure our schools. While it may be a sad society that we live in, where we need metal detectors at all colleges, it’s a sadder world when these criminals are successful.
By now we should know what’s not to blame. It’s not the music, it’s not a lack of school prayers and it’s not Hollywood’s fault. We need to find real solutions to this spreading epidemic of violence. We can’t give up hope that society will get better and that students like Derrick can go back to having normal college problems, without the fear of getting shot or stabbed.
Statistically speaking, schools are less violent now than they were ten years ago, but the graphic nature of the violent crimes seems to be increasing.
Students are a reflection society, so if there are violent students it is because there is a violent society. Certainly metal detectors and heightened school security with police officers on the premise can help this situation. But studies have shown that education on prevention of violence, mental health awareness, anger management, and emotional intelligence is also a key in getting school violence under control.
We hear about all of the “hard” solutions, such as arming teachers, but this is a Bandaid on a machete wound. Like anything else in life, a problem is solved by helping the issue, through education, not treating the symptom.
Once again our thoughts are with the victims and families of this school tragedy.
Carter Lee is the author of When Jonathan Cried For Me, host of Carter Lee Presents the Fever, COO of verawear.com, a coach, and manager of models (Carter’s Bombshells). To learn more about Carter or to see all of his projects visit TheCarterLee.com.
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