The recent Spring High School stabbing in Houston Texas is disturbing, but it's just one of many school killings. A horrific fatal knife attack outside the cafeteria left the north Harris County community stunned as the bloody hallway fight turned deadly. Kids, parents, school officials and the Houston community learned of the stabbing and were horrified. Classes were cancelled for the rest of this week with classes resuming on Monday morning.
Three students were transported to the hospital for injuries, and one was a fatality. Three students from the school were apprehended by authorities for questioning after the incident. The altercation claimed the life of 17-year-old Joshua Broussard. According to Chron.com, Deavean Bazile, 16, suffered injuries to his abdomen, and a pair of unidentified students were also taken to a nearby hospital for injuries.
Late Wednesday, authorities charged Luis Alonzo Alfaro with murder. The 17-year-old is accused of pulling a knife during the fight and stabbing Broussard to death. He is old enough to be considered an adult under Texas law.
According to the report from Chron.com, Spring ISD spokeswoman Karen Garrison said, "We will be upping security as well," she said, declining to go into detail about what that would mean for students and faculty. Both the Harris County Sheriff's Office and Spring ISD police have said they will be providing additional security at the high school.
While this story is disturbing in itself, there is a trend in this country and around the globe that is even more disturbing. Since the Columbine massacre in Littleton, Colorado occurred in 1999, there have been an astounding 179 school shootings or killings that have taken place. All these events don't involve mass casualties, but according to an article by Denver Westword, the majority involve injuries or deaths.
What’s very disturbing is the fact that most of these school incidents didn't even make national news. They were likely only covered by their local news where they took place. This shows how numb and desensitized we’ve become to the idea of shootings at our nation's schools.
While stepping up security in our schools is critically important, is it going to be the answer to what is going on in our society? This is a global issue and not just happening here in the U.S. Is there any hope for our kids growing up in a society with this kind of violence being committed in our schools?