Controversial Song of the Day: “21 Guns” by Greenday
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
|Taken from Trialx.com|
Guns have always been a hot button issue among Americans. Guns and teens became a bigger problem in 1999, after the school shooting that occurred at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. Unfortunately, the news of school shootings did not end there. This goes to show that teens are getting their hands on guns much easier.
Did you know…?
*Nearly half of African American teens know someone who has been shot
*34% of teens say they can get a handgun if they really wanted to
*More than one in three teens say they fear being shot someday
*42.6% of teens fear that gun violence might happen at their school
Statistics taken from ucanchicago.org
Gun violence is prevalent in teen’s lives. Just this year, there have been two instances of teens bringing guns to school and opening fire: Chardon, OH on March 28th (the student opened fire, killing three classmates and seriously wounding two others) and Oakland,CA on April 2nd (at a Christian school–the suspect is a man in his 40’s, but this still occurred at a school).
I think it’s all too obvious that school shootings are happening, and instead of sheltering out children and never making them aware, we should welcome YA novels about this violence. Maybe one teen who reads a book about school shootings can prevent another one from happening.
Since YA writers tend to create stories based on teen issues, there are numerous novels that discuss school shootings. Here are a few of those novels:
*Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
*Hate List by Jennifer Brown
*Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
*Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
*Project X by Jim Shepard
Do you all know of any other important books about school shootings that we’ve left off? What about your own writing–have any school violence or guns in them??