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In the part of rural Midwestern America there was recently a shooting at a school that ended in the death of an assistant principal and the suicide of a student. In short, a student who had recently transferred to Millard South High School in the State of Nebraska had troubles adjusting to his new school. The article reports, the student was suspended after he was caught driving his car on the school’s football field. Later in the day after his suspension, the student returned to the school and fatally shot an assistant principal and also wounded the principal. The student fled the building and was found dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound. This event scares teaches and awakens images of the horrific evens of Columbine in 1999. The purpose of this paper is to educate readers on what is actually known about issues relevant to schools and deliver that information in an understandable, easy to access format. In the case of this school shooting I see two important areas that teachers should be informed. First is what the research has taught us about school shooting in general. Second is the importance of developing a sense of school belonging in students.

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Online Educational Research Journal (OERJ)






School of Education, Durham University


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