- Published: October 30, 2012
Recently in the Houston Chronicle I saw an article about a third grader that was injured at a shooting at her school. I was immediately drawn to this article because the key point of the headline mentioned that this was a school shooting, and that it took place at an elementary school, which I thought was of particular interest. I couldn’t find the actual article that I read in print describing the details of the shooting in the online version of the newspaper, but I did find another article in the Chronicle about the incident. Given that this incident took place at an elementary school, it seems less an act of carefully orchestrated violence and more of an accident. A third grader brought a handgun to school and another third grader was shot and injured when the gun misfired.
Although the kid that brought a gun to school did not actually fire the gun at anyone intentionally, I am curious as to what factors would have motivated an eight year old to bring a gun to school. I think that even children that young already understand social norms well enough to know that it is not okay to…