SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Students being more aware of their surroundings is a helpful tool in dealing with school violence, according to the Utah Education Association. Student safety is again a national topic after a 12-year-old boy fatally shot his math teacher, Michael Landsberry, at Sparks Middle School in Nevada on Monday. He also wounded two other students before taking his own life.
Mike Kelley, communications director, Utah Education Association (UEA), said students can help stop violence by being more aware of their surroundings and reporting suspicious behavior.
“If they are checking their surroundings and being cognizant of their fellow students, and teachers, and others who are coming into the school, when these things happen, it just increases awareness,” Kelley said.
President Obama pushed for more gun control after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.
Despite the deadly shootings, Kelley said, schools are still a safe place for kids.
“Yes, statistically, students are safer in school than just about anywhere else they could be, whether at home or at the park,” he said.