Why we should stop blaming teachers for school shootings
The blame of teachers for gun violence has long been an obsession of the American right.
But recent research has shed some light on why, and the evidence suggests that blaming teachers is not a useful approach.
The researchers say it’s a mistake to use this type of rhetoric as a way to reduce school shootings.
“I don’t think we have any evidence that using this language reduces school shootings,” says John M. Dvorak, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio State University.
“We are looking at correlations between the words we use, and we are seeing correlations between words and school violence.
So if we can’t find any correlation between the two, it seems to me that we should use more subtle language.”
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that a more-than-three-fold increase in the number of school shootings over the past decade in the United States was associated with the word “teacher.”
The researchers also found that people who use “teach” more often than others are more likely to have been teachers themselves.
The research was based on data from a national survey of 1,200 Americans.
It found that more than 70% of the people surveyed said that “teachers” was the most frequently used word in the context of gun violence in the last three years.
But the researchers also noted that the word is often associated with teachers who are the victims of a violent crime, which is not necessarily a good predictor of future school shootings, or the number and types of incidents that occur.
“In the United Kingdom, there has been a rise in gun crime, and this seems to be partly due to the use of teachers,” Dvorack says.
“If we look at the words that are most commonly used in the US, we see that ‘teacher’ is a word that is very associated with gun violence, and that’s probably because the word has been used in this way for decades.”
Dvork and his colleagues found that the more the word was used, the more likely it was to be used to describe someone who had been a victim of a shooting.
The authors say the evidence they found does not support the theory that teachers who have been shot are more prone to the act.
“The evidence is pretty clear that the use or the likelihood of being shot by a teacher is related to the prevalence of teachers being shot, and not necessarily the teacher,” Dvirolak says.
But he adds that the researchers have found no correlation between “teaching” and school shootings in other countries.
“When we looked at other countries, we didn’t find that,” he says.
What the researchers found is that “Teacher” was much more common in English than in other languages.
“There are lots of reasons why this is,” Dvorkak says, but he notes that the evidence is strong that “we’re not going to stop blaming schools and teachers for this, because it’s not true.”
A recent survey of teachers found that nearly half of those surveyed said they had seen someone who was a teacher or a parent of a teacher get shot in the classroom.
The findings of the Dvoraks’ study were based on a nationally representative sample of 1 in 6 teachers in the U.S. Teachers were asked to rate their perceptions of gun safety in their classrooms.
They were also asked how many times they heard about gun violence or whether someone had been shot in a classroom.
About three-quarters of the teachers who responded to the survey said that the number one threat to students is teachers.
Dvak says the results are consistent with what other studies have found.
“It’s really hard to see how teachers are going to be less vulnerable to the risk of being killed or injured in the future,” he adds.
“Teachers are the most vulnerable group in our society.”
Dvarkak says he has heard that the phrase “teaches to kill” is often used in schools to suggest that teachers should be blamed.
He says that is not an accurate reflection of what happens in schools.
“Our research shows that teachers are the ones who are most likely to be killed or seriously injured, and there’s no correlation whatsoever between how many teachers are shot and the number who get killed,” he explains.
Dvirok and Dvorack say the researchers did not take into account how much teachers were paid and whether their salaries were tied to the number or types of students they teach.
The survey also found a strong correlation between how teachers reported having received threats in the past week and the severity of that threat.
“So if teachers have been threatened in the workplace, then their response should be more likely,” Dvoorkak explains.
“This suggests that a teacher who is threatened might be more prone than a teacher with no threat to them.”
The authors note that the survey data does not show a direct link between teachers’ exposure to guns and their responses to the surveys.
But they note that teachers might be exposed to more guns