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Lessons Learned

Written by  Janette Ballman

January 2004: Two students in Louisiana are arrested after planning to shoot students and teachers in an effort to copy the 1999 Columbine High School killing spree in Colorado. October 2003: A gun-wielding teen takes an administrator hostage in a Sacramento, Calif. alternative school. Both are wounded in a confrontation with local police. September 2001: Seven schools within blocks of the World Trade Center are showered with dust and debris when terrorists crashed planes into the twin towers. Administrators and teachers scramble to protect students and evacuate them to safety. Though each of these tragedies involves a different crisis and a different level of trauma, they have a common denominator: a school setting. What was once thought of as a safe haven for children has become an institution vulnerable to a variety of attacks. In the past 10 years, school violence incidents have skyrocketed around the nation. From highly publicized acts such as the