Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Students and teachers are commonly attacked because of ideologies.

Anyone who has worked as a teacher knows that violence is a potential threat. Today, school shootings occur almost like clockwork as troubled kids and mentally unfit adults sometimes use firearms to perpetrate violence in schools. However, violence in schools isn't just an American problem. In some countries, students and teachers are deliberately targeted. A new study reveals there were nearly 10,000 attacks on schools over the past few years.

A school bombed in Pakistan. Such attacks are common in that country.

A school bombed in Pakistan. Such attacks are common in that country.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/28/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: UN, school, violence, Pakistan, Colombia, teachers, students, terrorists, shootings, bombings


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A UN sponsored study reveals that between 2009 and 2013 there were nearly 10,000 violent attacks on schools, students, and their teachers. Incidentally, this statistic does not include the reports of violence in American schools where the situation is serious, however it is small in comparison to the almost routine violence in other countries.

According to the "Education Under Attack" report, the most dangerous places for education are Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Colombia.

The report makes clear that these students and teachers are not simply caught up in other violence, but rather they are deliberately targeted because they are involved in education.

Education is often viewed as a threat by oppressive elements in societies because education imparts ideas and critical thinking, and those who do not care to have their ideas challenged will do all they can get away with to stop the behavior.

In many countries where lawlessness abides, that means intimidation through violence.

The report cites 9,600 attacks worldwide in 70 different countries. Africa, Asia, and South America were locations where the violence was most common with Pakistan witnessing the greatest number of attacks.

Colombia was the most dangerous place for teachers with 140 of them killed and a tally of death threats in the thousands.

Typically, the attacks are associated with ideology. In Nigeria, Islamic militants killed 29 boys at a boarding school this past week. In Colombia rival gangs and paramilitary groups are the problem. In Iraq, sectarian violence is outright common.

The report also discussed  the use of facilities intended for education as places of imprisonment and even torture. Schools also make ideal training bases for militants. For this reason, the facilities can at times be hijacked and put to evil use.

Other schools in places such as Somalia and Syria, schools have been used as bases for snipers. Conversely, schools have been targeted by heavy weapons fire, including mortar and rocket attacks, while students were still in school.

Of course in the United States, gun violence in schools  remains a concern with multiple firearm assaults per year. The key difference of course, is that the violence in American schools is not motivated by ideology or exacerbated by civil war. Nonetheless, all violence against schools is worthy of alarm and needs to be addressed by the world community.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

'Faith is the great cure for fear': Obama speaks at annual National Prayer Breakfast in WA Watch

Image of At the annual National Prayer Breakfast, Obama spoke against Muslim stereotypes and hatred (AP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama spoke of God, fear and love. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the breakfast, both Democrats and republicans set aside their differences to build relationships based on their ... continue reading


After Iowa fail, Donald Trump vows to 'beat the ____ out of ISIS' Watch

Image of Many noted that Donald Trump seemed unusually subdued in New Hampshire. He claimed that he remained optimistic after his second place finish in the Iowa primary. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While he faced defeat in the Iowa caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was full of his usual bluster in New Hampshire. Never one to mince words, he vowed to "beat the ___ out of ISIS" if he was elected president. LOS ANGELS, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


'Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it': Trump furiously rants on Twitter about Cruz's win demanding a new Iowa 'election' Watch

Image of Donald Trump calls for a new election or to nullify Cruz's results (Reuters).

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

When news of the Cruz campaign "mistake" concerning Ben Carson at the Iowa caucus reached Donald Trump, he was furious. The business tycoon took to Twitter to call for a new election or to nullify Cruz's results. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Despite his initial ... continue reading


Republican Candidate Drops Out of Presidential Race: But who was it? Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Following a disappointing show in the Iowa caucus, with only 4.5 percent of the votes, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign ... continue reading


Political sabotage: Ted Cruz pleads GUILTY to wronging Ben Carson at Iowa caucus Watch

Image of Ted Cruz admitted his campaign started the lie that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race prior to the Iowa caucus (NY Times).

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a shocking admission, Ted Cruz admits his staff spread rumors of Ben Carson dropping out of the runnings just before the Iowa caucus voting began. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As previously reported, the Iowa caucus was filled with surprises that included ... continue reading


A Night of Surprises: What went down during the Iowa caucuses? Watch

Image of Iowa caucus surprises with historical neck-and-neck race and Trump in second place.

By Thomas Heed (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Iowa caucus results are in after a high-energy night fueled by rumors of foul-play, coin tosses and the waning smile of a smug Trump. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Before the Iowa caucus, polls showed presidential hopeful Donald Trump as the leading ... continue reading


Trump leading in polls as he thanks Iowa's evangelicals Watch

Image of Donald Trump has cut Sen. Ted Cruz's advantage with evangelicals, according to a CBS News poll. (Jim Young, Reuters)

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As the Iowa caucuses heat up, executive Donald Trump has shown a strong lead over Ted Cruz in recent opinion polls. Trump took time to thank evangelical Christians for their support. In the meantime, Hillary Clinton maintains a thin lead over Bernie Sanders in ... continue reading


Whoa! Secret Microsoft algorithm predicts wins for Clinton, Trump in Iowa and beyond Watch

Image of Computerized predictions are big business, both at the sports book and in politics.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are predicted to win tonight's Iowa caucuses according to a sophisticated algorithm used by Microsoft's Bing search engine to predict outcomes. The search engine has an excellent record. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Microsoft ... continue reading


FBI 'Guilty' of unlawfully refused Freedom of Information Act Watch

Image of U.S. district judge Randolph D. Moss ruled in favor of MIT PhD student Ryan Shapiro. Judge Moss found that the FBI's present policy is

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A judge in a Washington, DC courtroom ruled in favor of a PhD student at MIT and found that the FBI unlawfully, obscured, and refused to requests. The bureau was found guilty of not complying with the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Trump dumps Fox News and becomes the 'elephant not in the room': But who really won the 7th Republican debate? Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With Donald Trump missing from the seventh Republican debate, days ahead of the vital Iowa caucus, many were left wondering: who won the debate? Did Trump actually win by not attending or did another candidate behind him in the polls rise to the occasion, without the ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 47:2-11
2 As the fat is set apart from the communion sacrifice, so was David ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 18:31, 47, 50, 51
47 the God who gives me vengeance, and subjects whole peoples to ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:14-29
14 King Herod had heard about him, since by now his name was well known. ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 5th, 2016 Image

St. Agatha
February 5: Although we have evidence that Agatha was ... Read More