School Violence …. A Student’s Perspective Posted December 18, 2012 by NationalSAVE


I don’t understand why it keeps happening…  I mean shooting after shooting America ceases to combat the problem, not just bad people with guns, the underlying problem of people who need psychiatric help and those innocent victims and families who suffer their entire life while the shooters are kept  by tax dollars in our prisons.

I also feel that the work that I do to prevent things like this to happen again goes unnoticed and has not even made the slightest of difference.  I know that the work I do and that SAVE does is work that shows its fruition more in the long-term scale.  I know that it will and does make a difference, I just wish I could see the benefits of the work we do NOW!

I can’t take on the weight of the world on my shoulders but as America and as a unified country, we can prevent this!

Since 1992 there have been at least 382 school shooting ending in fatality (  only in 20 years, all these deaths have happened, all of them  preventable!  Think of all the parents who no longer have any children to say good night to or how many children and students never were allowed the chance to graduate, or the amount of students and teachers who were never able to be mothers and fathers, go to their first prom, go on their first date, get married, those poor innocent people who never were able to fulfill their dreams.

Unable to cry about this anymore, mad is not the feeling I should have, I have the feeling of ambition and the drive to do something, but WHAT!?!?  I know that our chapters and many people are doing things in response to this horrific tragedy, but it just doesn’t seem enough.

There should be something we can do, education and awareness is a big part, but it’s not going to stop the mentally ill people from expressing their anger or whatever may be causing them to act out of violence in the form of killing others.  God is the one who knows and I know he only lets things happen for a good reason, reasons we may not understand.  It is a shame that it took the brutal fatality of 27 innocent people for our government to realize this is a problem and something that should not be just “brushed aside”

I’m sitting here typing this with the news on running constant updates about the shooting and all I want to do is keep this from happening again, but I have nothing to tell myself.

These students did nothing but love and that’s all that their little lives allowed them to do, yet they were killed out of an action polar opposite from love.

Mental illnesses need to be properly treated and the problem ISN’T in the gun laws. The problem is America as a whole and government as a whole refuses to confront this problem.  We need to put on our working boots and do something NOW and do something MEANINGFUL!

There are so many victims that are honored and remembered every day…..Every one of these deaths could have been prevented and we need to help honor their memory by keeping this from happening again.

Please consider starting a Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Chapter at your school or sponsoring the National SAVE organization so that they can continue to empower, educate, encourage and engage youth in violence prevention strategies (   We are the future, and it will be up to us to be the change.

Jaclyn Morton, Senior
Highland School of Technology  (NC)
Chair, National SAVE Youth Advisory Board


  • laurie January 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Hi there from a speech and communication consultant for Allstate executives, based in Boston at The Speech Improvement Company. I can hear the passion in your article and share the frustration and pain we are all feeling about wanting to do more to prevent violence. I want to reassure you that what you are doing does make a difference. SAVE provides a forum, and a place for committed people like you to come together for a more peaceful world.

    As a words person, I am the type of person who writes when I feel pain. After Sandy Hook,
    I wrote a picture book for young children, Twenty Twinkling Stars. My team would love to partner with an organization like yours, and donate profits from the sale of the book to National Save. A description of the book is below. I would love to hear your thoughts and who else at SAVE I should share thoughts with.
    By the way, my daughter, age 19, is also a Jaclyn and is designing the website for the book.
    You can reach me by phone at 617-739-3330 or email me at
    Jaclyn, you are an amazing young woman and a role model for others.
    I look forward to talking soon.
    Here is the book description:
    Twenty Twinkling Stars
    Parents and young children may seek comfort, conversation and fun as we share time together after Sandy Hook and beyond.
    Twenty Twinkling Stars is a whimsical rhyming picture book for young children, age 3-7. The book celebrates the interests and passions of the twenty Sandy Hook angels (including peanut butter, the Beatles, painting and reading books )
    Told in upbeat simple rhyme, Twinkling Stars relates a range of young children’s interests and feelings to a certain number of stars in the sky. The colorfully illustrated stars—from one star to twenty, are a symbolic tribute to the twenty children –sparkling above and within us. The book celebrates he universal wonder and spirit of all children everywhere.

    Twenty Twinkling Stars is written for children age 3-7. Twenty pages/verses and illustrations. Includes references to the twenty children’s interests and passions. Laurie Schloff is a communication expert and author of the books Smart Speaking and He and She Talk, published originally by Henry Holt and Plume and currently by Podium Press.


  • Ginny alexander December 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    (Richard’s sister). i know why your grandmother is so pround of you!


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