School shootings have grown in the US over the years but never could have one imagined that an "ordinary" young teen could shoot his school mates and put to death 17 of them, and then have the audacity to escape the scene by camouflaging himself with other students while they were fleeing. While this incident at Stoneman Douglas High School (Florida) had to do with how the shooter Nikolas Cruz was a violent and aggressive individual who took pleasure in causing harm to others and wanted to be a professional school shooter, I feel like there is a deeper connection of this problematic individual psych to the way conflict is in the world and how schools have become a "slaughter house" because of school shootings and terrorist killings happening every time and then no long term action being taken. Wherever conflicts happen in the world, why is attention not paid to schools to protect them? Why are measures not taken to secure them and declare them as emergency/un-attackable zones like hospitals? When we make this mistake in conflict ridden settings like those in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, we make the terrorists comfortable to shoot and kill our children and we give them and the rest of the world a licence that yes, maybe schools are just a part of the war like any other place. When this is seen by violent individuals like Nikolas Cruz, they gain this warrant that when terrorists can attack and tear down schools and use weapons openly, why not we go on a "hunt" as well where we can fulfil our desires of gaining pleasure from human suffering in our very own ex-school? I feel when you let one group (the terrorists) cross the walls of schools to attack innocent children, you can't stop any other group or individual as well because somehow, its a mistake of all of us- how we have failed to protect our children and how the only solution that comes to our mind to protect schools is to just shut them down every time we can't solve the problem.
Another interesting observation in the video is how the shooter supported Trump's ideology of Anti-immigration and generally exclusionary hyper-nationalism. Again this reinforces that radical ideas and governments always influence the minds of people and some day or another, these propagators of radical ideas have to bear with the Frankenstein monsters they create for themselves just like Nikolas Cruz!
* Do watch this video! It explains the shooting incident and is reported by ABC News which is considered to be the the most reliable in the US and is in the skews left category of bias.