Originally Published in The Columbus Dispatch
Authorities such as the New York Police Department have spent millions of dollars on controversial security surveillance programs focused on Muslims, when the underpinnings of youth violence largely have been ignored.
In the past 15 years, about 120 students have perished in more than 70 school shootings. And that doesn’t include the 13 killed in the Columbine massacre from 1999.
No one will argue that we need to keep our shores safe from extremists. But rather than targeting a religious minority, our government needs to focus more attention on probing the roots of the violence that our teens witness in their classroom.
Let’s not wait until the next school incident.