BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two guns found at Istrouma High are among the latest reports of school violence and threats on campuses. Local leaders believe this comes as a result of the pandemic.
“I have noticed the increase in gun violence, on children taking guns to school over the past couple of months, and it’s not something that to me just seems to be unique to Baton Rouge or to Louisiana. It seems to be happening all across the country,” said Senator Regina Barrow.
She said she is involved in the community and has seen a negative change in some students.
“Some have, really have, really grieved or felt the impact of the isolation of not being able to interact with one another,” said Barrow.
She is concerned about their social-emotional well-being.
Tommie Stout is the president of a group called Security Dads. This group has helped monitor student behavior at Glen Oaks Magnet schools for years. He said several factors play into students’ actions.
“You have a lot of social issues going on because of the pandemic. A lot of things are happening. Students are at home by themselves or the parents work, and they’re bringing these issues back to the school,” he said.
He said the teacher shortage schools are experiencing right now isn’t helping. After a year of isolation, he believes the relationships between students and teachers must be built again.
“We have the brick in the mortar. The school is beautiful. We got to get the education and the academic back into the systems that we can bring our good kids back,” he explains.
Barrow said she will be continuing this conversation on November 15th at the Select Committee on Women and Children meeting.