Created By: Acebrock on August 12, 2011 Last Edited By: peccantis on February 12, 2014

School Shooting

One or more people open fire on students on a school campus

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Index suggestions? Needs More Examples Needs a Better Description

Indices to put on: Violence Tropes (in YKTTW), Murder Tropes, School Tropes, what else?

The greatest fear of every student and parent, the dreaded school shooting. It leaves people forever traumatized and asking "why?" (There's a lot more to be said. Help me out here, TV Tropes)

Should we have individual entries for songs that are based on a shooting and the shootings themselves, or should they be put in one or the other?

Please leave politics out of this. It's okay to focus on why the shooters went through with their acts, but bringing in gun politics is bound to start a Flame War.

No real life examples please.

Examples

Music
  • Harry Chapin's Sniper is about a mentally disturbed sniper climbing to the top of a tall school building and shooting people dead. It was based on the 1966 shooting at the University of Texas Austin
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  • August 12, 2011
    goodtimesfreegrog
    I think having this one would be in bad taste, especially for the Real Life section. I vote nay.
  • August 12, 2011
    Turismo
    everything can't be sunshine and hunky dori. there's a dark side to life and we can't turn a blind eye to it just cause we don't like it. i'd trope this. it could end up educating some people too.

  • August 12, 2011
    foxley
    Axes At School covers incidents of students bringing weapons to school.
  • August 12, 2011
    callsignecho
    Maybe if there are any fictional examples. But so far all you have are two real life shootings and a movie adaptation of real life events.
  • August 12, 2011
    Generality
    I can't think of any examples that aren't from real life. Media tries to avoid this matter, partly because dramatising it can inspire imitators. That makes it hard to trope. You could make a usefulnotes page, though.
  • August 12, 2011
    BOFH
    Literature
  • August 12, 2011
    jaytee
    Agree that this is probably not good.
  • August 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • August 12, 2011
    Koncur
    Film
    • At one point in the opening titles of Watchmen, the Kent State Massacre is depicted (see Real Life).

    Real Life
    • The Kent State Massacre: In 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of protesting students at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.[1]
  • August 12, 2011
    TBTabby
    I'd recommend leaving out real life examples.
  • August 12, 2011
    Andygal
    I agree, no Real Life examples.
  • August 13, 2011
    captainbrass2
    I can think of two fictional examples:-

    • The novel We Need To Talk About Kevin has one of these at the centre of its plot.
    • A shooting at a school is also the culmination of Gus Van Sant's film, Elephant, although most of the film is actually about the day-to-day life of the school. In this, it follows the British TV play it was based on, which was about the Northern Irish Troubles.
  • August 13, 2011
    foxley
  • August 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Thirding no real life examples.

    Webcomics
    • The Angry Brian arc in Jack begins with a school shooting by Brian. As per usual for Jack, most of the story is about what happens to Brian after he dies...
  • May 7, 2012
    Prfnoff
  • May 7, 2012
    reub2000
    I think Axes At School has most of this covered.

    Music
    • Sick Of It All by The Distillers
  • May 8, 2012
    Nithael
    • Tate from American Horror Story is responsible for one. In a flashback, we see him hunting down survivors in the library, and then committing Suicide By SWAT.
    • An episode of Medium has Allison dreaming of the future of a missing child. Turns out he'll eventually go on a killing spree at his school for no apparent reason.
    • The Stephen King novel Rage has an expelled high schooler shooting his teacher and taking his class hostage.
    • In a Very Special Episode of Static Shock, a teenager brings a gun to school to shoot his bully, but misses and shoots the main character's best friend.
  • May 8, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    • The Columbine-inspired web game Pico's School on Newgrounds begins with a goth student shooting up Pico's school, and has Pico getting a gun of his own in order to battle her and her minions.
  • May 9, 2012
    Prfnoff
    I might argue that the two could be made distinct. Axes At School has some rather different implications in its title and definition: "They may not necessarily use [the weapon] against anybody, but even then you can expect somebody's parents to panic about what could have happened."
  • May 9, 2012
    Bisected8
    • An episode of CSI has a single student (the Class Clown, who had a sideline as a bully) get shot. It turned out the killer was the school's councillor who had been caught in a school shooting before, was noticing "signs" in the students she was speaking to and decided to kill him before one of them snapped.
  • May 9, 2012
    reub2000
    ^^Okay, but as it stands Axes At School is place to put works that feature weapon-based violence at school. We could call it a supertrope to this one, or we could make it about weapons brought to school and not used.
  • May 10, 2012
    peccantis
    I agree, this needs RL examples as much as any of the rape tropes. No Real Life Examples Please.

    The description could mention how this is a very daring topic for mainstream media, especially Live Action.

    Music
    • Kinslayer by Nightwish is about the Columbine shooting and includes some actual dialogue between the shooters and victims.

    Also, somebody should write an example of Bowling For Columbine. I would but I haven't seen it.
  • May 10, 2012
    reub2000
    Re: Real Life I think Columbine is a well written article showing that tropers can handle this issue in a respectful manor. Also, since many of the examples seem to reference Columbine and other shootings, at the very least, a link to that article seems relevant in the article.

    ETA: OP hasn't edited this in half a year. Up For Grabs.
  • May 10, 2012
    fulltimeD
    ^Still a bad idea though. I say we should nuke it. If all the examples are either Real Life or adaptations of true stories, this doesn't belong here, but on The Other Wiki.
  • May 10, 2012
    reub2000
    First off, a significant portion of the examples are Ripped From The Headlines, which is very different from adaptations of Real Life. This is something that happens more than a few times in fiction with enormous meaning. Why is this a subject for The Other Wiki?
  • May 10, 2012
    peccantis
    Edited, still Up For Grabs.
  • February 12, 2014
    XFllo
    I think Axes At School covers it. Motion to discard?
  • February 12, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Yes. We have a better developed equivalent for this YKTTW anyway: Shooting Spree.
  • February 12, 2014
    Prfnoff
    Axes At School doesn't seem to exactly cover this, going by its description, which probably needs improvement.
  • February 12, 2014
    luisedgarf
    I agree with fulltimeD
  • February 12, 2014
    Lakija
    ^^ I think Axes At School covers it pretty well. However, you are right. The description really stinks. Also I think that the page image and the name of that trope actually stink too so...
  • February 12, 2014
    DAN004
  • February 12, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    • An episode of Glee had Quinn bringing a gun for protection and accidentally fires it, causing a lockdown. Some people thought the episode was Too Soon, as it came out shortly before the Newtown massacre (despite it being in production long before it).
  • February 12, 2014
    AP
    • The Malcolm Mc Dowell film If climaxes with the main character opening fire at the school staff with a WWI-era machine gun. It is possible this was all in his head, however.
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