COMMENTARY | In the wake of the Oikos University shooting we have to take a step back and look at history. There have been a number of school shootings in the American history. This could not stand any truer than the 90’s and 2000’s. This last 20 years has been horrific in the name of school shootings.
The latest school shooting which took place in Oakland is just one of many. The shooter in this case was One Goh, a former student at the university. Goh was expelled from the school and sought revenge for being expelled from the school. Goh shot and killed 7 people and wounded 3 more in his reign of terror.
This is not the only time that this type of horrific act of violence has taken place though. We have seen it in other colleges and universities too. The Virginia Tech shooting comes to mind when talking about shootings at major universities across America. The Virginia Tech shooting left 33 killed in cold, calculating blood.
We have also seen shootings in American high schools such as we did at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. The Columbine shooting left 12 died and 23 wounded. This was planned and orchestrated by two high school students. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold left an impression on America that has not been forgotten to this day.
We also see school shootings in middle schools as well. The Jonesboro Middle School shooting is one that comes to many people’s minds when talking about school shootings. The Jonesboro Middle School shooting left five people dead.
There are people that believe that the media plays a big role in school shootings. The people that believe that the media plays a role in school shootings say that the media overglorifies the shootings. This is not to say that the media is entirely to blame, it is to say that the media gives it too much attention.
The media is guilty of replaying the stories of these shootings to many times. This makes people like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, One Goh, Michael Carneal, and Seung-Hui Cho seek the media’s attention while seeking their revenge on those that they feel did them wrong. In the case of the Goh it was an administration member of the school. Goh was unable to kill them so he turned the gun on students of the school.
The media has an attention span that is short term with good deeds that are being done in communities across America. The opposite is true with negative stories such as these school shootings taking place. School shootings tend to be played upon for days and even weeks by the media.
So at what point does the media step back away from these stories to try and let the families have peace about what happened to their loved ones? At what point does the media stop glorifying these horrific acts? America needs answers to these questions.