It kind of surprises me that it doesn’t happen more often.
In every school in the country, maybe in the world, kids get picked on and harassed all day, every day. Teachers and principals don’t (can’t?) do anything about it. It’s happened to all of us, some more than our fair share, and yet when one or two kids here and there snap and start shooting, we’re all so surprised.
If it were an adult who got a job in corporate america, and everyday at work other employees verbally harass him by calling him derogatory names, and it happened year after year the way it does to kids in school, would anyone be surprised if he got violent or filed suit? A kid may be able to file suit, but even if he wins, its not going to keep him from getting harassed even more. It may be different for an adult, who can quit and find another job if he has to (and he shouldn’t have to), but I think it’s troubling that society would look out more for an adult, who should be more able to handle it, than for a high school or junior high kid. I’m not sure what a good solution for the problem would be, definitely not in the short term, but just an observation that I would like some thoughts on.