Parents blame other parents for school shootings, study finds
By Christen Smith
Students who were evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School walk past well-wishers to be reunited with their waiting parents at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters)
A recent study published this year found parents blame other parents for school shootings.
Researchers from the Universities of North Carolina, Ball State and Toledo randomly surveyed 600 parents regarding their attitudes toward school shootings and found nearly three quarters blame the incidents on inattentive parenting. Another 58 percent cited bullying and just over half agreed inadequate mental health services and easy access to guns played a role.
“Gun violence is a major issue among parents, who often have a limited grasp of potentially effective interventions to reduce such events,” Jagdish Khubchandani, an associate professor of health science at Ball State University and one of the study’s authors, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Some parents are quick to blame others for a shooting because they have no idea how to stop such incidents from happening. In fact, the study suggests that most parents have a limited knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in preventing these incidents.”
According to study results, published earlier this year in