School Shootings In Hate List By Jennifer Brown

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Hate List is an astounding novel that follows the aftermath of a school shooting at Garvin High school caused by a troubled teen, Nick Levil. The story is narrated by Valerie Leftman, Nick’s ex girlfriend. She was in love with him and never thought he would shoot up their school and then ultimately commit suicide; the story follows her inner and outer turmoil as she faces loss, grief, and resentment. Nick and Valerie created a “hate list” one day to let out their bottled up rage and resentment against their seemingly unfortunate lives. Hundreds of names, places, and objects were on this list in Valerie’s little red notebook. This list was harmless to Valerie, but for Nick, it was his kill list. Nick and Valerie were outcast, they were …show more content…
Bullying in high schools often lead to severe emotional turmoil and suicidal tendencies, as shown in this book. School shootings have become extremely prevalent in today’s society. The author, Jennifer Brown, creates a fictional account of this horror in the novel Hate List. In Hate List, the readers are shown a fictional example of reality in today’s society. School shootings have become a serious issue with no solution in sight. According to an insightful article, between 2013 and 2015, 160 documented school shootings occured on campus with a minor as the perpetrator (“Analysis of School Shootings”). Statistics show that the person shooting, or the perpetrator, is almost always a teenager within the school with an intent and plan to kill. In other words, a random criminal coming into a high school is less likely to open fire than an enrolled student already having a gun and shooting. One of Valerie’s old, close friends said, “You …show more content…
In this novel, Hate List, Jennifer Brown shows a fictional account of this national tragedy. The counselor at Garvin High said, “I don’t know if it’s possible to take hate away from people. We’re all hurting. We’re all going to be hurting for a long time” (Brown). As shown, the impact of opening fire on a school caused so much damage to the lives of everyone affected. School shootings happen far too often in today’s culture for reasons unexplainable. Showing awareness for this social epidemic and being aware of the warning signs could help lessen the calamity.Over all, school shootings are a real social issue in today’s society with long lasting impacts imprinted in people’s minds. Being aware of this topic could help reshape our culture and stop these school shootings from being a common

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