Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oklahoma students bring guns to school

"A firearm is taken to school about once a week by Oklahoma students," The Oklahoman reports today. Anne Jacobs, a clinical child psychologist who practices in Edmond, is quoted as saying one reason students bring weapons to school is that they are afraid of being harmed.
Through her work as a clinical psychologist, Jacobs has talked to students who felt as if guns or explosives were a last resort to end bullying.

"These young people described their peers watching the bullying without intervening and adults either being unaware or ineffective to stop this pattern of behavior," Jacobs said. "Despite knowing their parents loved them, they were not well supervised and did not feel emotionally close to their parents. Their statements to me reflected isolation, fear and desperation."

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