After noticing the American flag flying at half-staff in front of the school for her twin boys in third grade, Missy Dodds sobbed in her car out of frustration and rage.
The flag was lowered to symbolize the May 25 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Once her children had entered the school, Dodds claimed she fell to her knees at the sight of the flag.
Dodds survived the Red Lake incident, the only mass school shooting in Minnesota, seventeen years ago. North of Bemidji, at Red Lake Senior High School, 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise started shooting. Dodds claimed that in 90 seconds, five of her ninth-graders and a coworker were slain when Weise opened fire in her math class. Before Weise’s suicide in Dodds’ class, seven persons on campus were killed.
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Dodds, a native of Bemidji, said she always wants to start a conversation with fellow shooting survivors by saying, “I’m sorry. I regret that we did not stop it before it reached you.
The K-12 School Shooting Database maintained by the Center for Homeland Defense, and Security shows a rise in the frequency of school shootings in Minnesota in recent years. There have been 20 shootings at K–12 schools in Minnesota since 1970. Nine shootings—nearly 50 percent—happened in the previous four years.
Dodds and violence prevention experts focus on what can be done locally, such as encouraging anonymous reporting in schools, increasing mental health support, and creating crisis response teams, while national debates about gun legislation and other ways to prevent gun violence in schools rage.
Dodds declared, “I’ll take whatever action is necessary because my kids shouldn’t attend a school where the flag is flown at half-staff due to the murder of children their age in a nearby classroom. “Stop now. Never once more
After the shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, the Red Lake incident in 2005 was the nation’s second-deadliest K–12 school shooting. Aside from Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, Santa Fe (Texas) High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Robb Elementary in 2022, it is now the sixth deadliest school.
One of the numerous high-profile mass shootings in recent weeks is the massacre at Robb Elementary. Ten people were killed in a grocery shooting in Buffalo, New York, and less than three weeks later, a hospital shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Nationally, as in Minnesota, there has been an increase in school shootings. There have been 146 school shootings in the United States in 2022. Two of those shootings happened in Minnesota, both in the metro area around the Twin Cities.
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Cynthia Zwicky, a professor of education at the University of Minnesota, expressed her worry that Minnesota will react to the rise in school shootings by placing additional duties on teachers who are already overworked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the massacre, she added that some of Zwicky’s students have even started to doubt their decision to become teachers. They are concerned that they would now be required to defend children from violent threats and run a classroom. If you need any additional information, please visit our The Express.