There is an implicit assumption in your post, at least in my opinion, that these situations are on the rise

Posted By: MinnesotaUte
Date: Thursday 11 July 2019, at 01:46 pm

I guess I am not so sure. I think the constant availability of cameras due to cell phones has increased the likelihood to a near certainty that any event like this will now be filmed by at least one, but probably multiple people. Couple that with the saturation of social media, and the likelihood that not only will the event be taped, but it will almost certainly be shared by someone, will trend, and in some cases even streamed live.

I don't have near enough data to say whether I believe in any correlation to mass shootings, but I'd certainly believe that the number of people who are bullied is vastly higher than the number of people who engage in mass shootings. That being the case, I'm not sure that its a given that taking a super hard line on bullying would necessarily make a meaningful difference in mass shootings. And I would further say, that based on feedback from people I know who work with youth where the anti-bullying stuff is most prevalent, there are some concerning unintended consequences that may be evolving from raising a whole generation of boys in social shackles.

Don't mistake what I'm saying, I'm not arguing for bullying, however a certain amount of conflict in life is inevitable. If you don't allow children to learn how to manage conflict when they are growing up, the turn into adults that don't know how to deal with difficult situations.

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