Ed Sec'y Says Rage, Not Guns, to Blame for School Violence
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said a student's alienation and rage are
the biggest factors in school shootings, the Associated Press reported March
Paige stated that addressing these factors should be the country's top
priority, rather than changing gun laws. He said that guns should not be
blamed because several reports indicated that students were plotting violence
with bombs and other devices.
"We think just focusing on guns is much too narrow, it's beyond guns. The
guns may be the instrument of the violence, but they're not the cause of the
violence," said Paige on CNN's "Late Edition."
Paige made his comments after students were shot last week in schools in
California and Pennsylvania.
"We need to look to the cause of the situation," said Paige. During an
appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," he said, "Probably the biggest problem
we have is the amount of alienation and rage in our young people."
Paige said there is a need for more after-school programs, parental
involvement, and character education. "Character education offers an
opportunity to teach kids things like empathy, compassion, tolerance -- all
values that we all know are wonderful," Paige said.
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