Should Schools Remove Violent Films from Curriculum?

One parent suggested the school board considers what movies are shown in school.

Last week's school shooting in Newtown, CT, has at least one parent thinking that schools should reconsider what films are shown in the classroom. Eliminating violent films was suggested at Thursday night's Council Rock school board meeting.

"It's so horrible what happened in Newtown, CT," Diana Nolan of Upper Makefield said. "It's humbling to realize how vulnerable we are."

Nolan went on to say that there's national debate on whether guns or violence in movies or video games are to blame. Though she acknowledges that schools aren't involved in gun laws, she said schools should consider what movies are shown in the classroom.

For instance, she mentioned "The Basketball Diaries," which has a school shooting. The film came out before the Columbine shooting, she said, and some of the scenes were mimicked during that tragedy. "V for Vendetta" was another violent film that Nolan mentioned.

"When looking at curriculum....look at the movies," she said. "Reconsider movies with excessive violence."

Do you think violent movies should be removed from the curriculum? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.


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