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No improvement in number of school shootings has experts encouraging caution

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

New studies find there has been no real reduction in the number of school shootings in the U.S. despite increased security. That's according to the Associated Press. In fact, the study shows there have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year.

From the shooting weeks ago at Purdue, to the one in our own backyard at South Carolina State University, it's seemingly an epidemic.

"It's the nature of our world today," said Dr. Benjamin Saunders. "One person can commit a tragic act and the chances of predicting who that person is with a high level of precision is very, very difficult." 

Director and Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center Dr. Saunders says these random acts of terror have evoked fear in a lot of young people. He says it dates back to one tragedy.

"The awareness of this obviously started at 9/11," said Dr. Saunders.

He feels we must grow as a society and not let this violence keep us from our daily lives.

"We do our work as the public, be aware of our surroundings," said Dr. Saunders. "Be aware of what's going on around us and be aware of what to look for."

That level of awareness is something students at MUSC try to practice, knowing they don't want to be caught in violent acts.

"You kind of feel like you grow up kind of naive," said dental student Hannah Willis "You trust everyone around you so it breaks your heart when you feel like that trust is lost in humanity."

"It's just really something you don't really think about until it happens and it can happen right here," said dental student Abbie Garrison. "We just must constantly be aware of what's going on around us."

Dr Saunders echoes that feeling, asserting while these shootings should make us cautious, they should not make us weak or afraid. 

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