In a post from yesterday, Ms. Cornelius does an excellent job of putting the recent series of school shootings in perspective.
As noted in the article quoted in her post,
Truth is, young Americans die at the hands of other people at an alarming rate, greater than any other Western nation. Every day in 2003, an average of about 15 youths, ages 10 to 24, were victims of intentional and accidental killings, according to the most recent statistics available from the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Few of them died in school shootings.
Combining that data with the experiences of her own students, Ms. Cornelius comes to this conclusion.
Our children face danger at a far higher rate in their homes than at their schools. This patterns holds true internationally, as well. But one child shot, or beaten, or raped, or neglected is one eternal tragedy too many.
But then this far more frequent violence against children outside of school doesn’t make for good political pontificating and talking-heads television, does it?