News of the recent high school shooting in Florida devastated me!

Personally, I’m a retired high school teacher, and let us be absolutely frank; the recent Florida high school shooter, had to have a reason for his shooting; so why did the killer shoot and kill students and teachers?

Consider, the fact that the shooter had been expelled from the school; could that be the reason he shot students and teachers, retaliation for being expelled?

Why was he expelled? Could that be the reason he shot students and teachers.

Question I have, how could the school possibly teach the shooter to behave so he need not be expelled, if he was expelled; how could the school teach the shooter not to kill the students and the teachers, if the school expelled him?

And, who expelled the shooter and why and for what reason?

Beginning psychology teaches, “punishment” is the worst possible incentive for teaching appropriate behavior, because it also teaches other things than “good” behavior. Could the punishment, expelling, also teach how to get “even” for being expelled?

Tell me, dear reader, have you ever considered the effects of punishing a “person”, for bad behavior.

It takes a different kind of teacher, to believe punishment has no place in a public school; and psychologist say the only proper way for a teacher to teach “good behavior” is for the teacher to be a good “role model”.

Think about all the teachers you had, and were they “good” role models; were you aware some of your teachers were “bad” role models? What kind of teachers did the school shooter have?

Had the school and the shooter’s teachers protected the shooter from mistreatment or bullying, by teachers or other students? Mistreatment and bullying are prime elements of hatred. Hatred is one element of school shootings.

Guns, obviously, are essentially, involved in the “cause” of school shootings?

It would appear that there are two elements involved in all school shooting; they are are guns and hatred.

However, if there were no hatred, guns would not be an issue, would they?

Consider this, why are there so many school shootings in America; and not so many in any other countries? Being America has something to do with the cause.

A woman consoles another as parents wait for news regarding a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. A shooter opened fire at the Florida high school Wednesday, killing people, sending students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took the shooter into custody. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

Are shooters crazy? To plan and successfully carry out a school shooting requires a well-functioning mind!

As stated, I’m a retired school teacher; years ago, one of my favorite students was shot and killed on our high school campus; I never got over it and I never knew the shooter.

Further, I never knew precisely the reason for that shooting. But, I have never quit thinking about it, or thinking what I could have done to prevent it? Schools and teachers are to “protect and teach” students.

Think about it! Think! Think!

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