The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christmas Belles.
A history of violence
Wisconsin. November 29, 2010. Samuel Hengel, 15-years old, took 23 students and an instructor captive inside a class of Marinette High school. They were watching a film when Hengel pulled out a gun and fired at the projector.
After the police got into the building, he shot himself in the head. The hostages were released after five hours with no scratch. One of the students said Hengel seemed depressed and did not want to harm anybody.
Connecticut. December 14, 2012. The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Twenty children between six and seven died. The killer, Adam Lanza, shot his mother at their home minutes before the killings. Lanza committed suicide since the police arrived. So much pain and grief.
Those are two dreadful stories with distinct outcomes. Two shooters likely with different intents, histories, dangerousness, and they are not alone. El Paso, Texas. August 3, 2019. A white man, based on his anti-immigrant manifesto, killed 22 people and harmed 26.
We must do something
If climate change is a threat to the youths’ future, mass shootings are a menace for their present. How can a folk say this kind of violence is not a problem for the people of the United States if it threatens the children and draws the line of the culture they are in?
How can a folk say there is not a role of stakeholders on this matter if each mass shooting shatters the country? And its employees, suppliers, consumers who are dragged into the core of the madness? They can sense the political disturbance. It may have an impact on the business.
The mass shooting disorder prevents businesses from carrying out their processes because it breaks down the communities. Besides, school violence involves the meaning of education and a culture of mental illness, but also something more material: guns and their function in American society.
Corporates can face violence to help society. It is at the root of the stakeholder theory, yet it will be a challenge. If corporates may stand up to protect their communities, they will face adversaries. It will be a critical dispute in the corporate environment, setting different roles of business in society.
They rebuilt Sandy Hook Elementary School, and it’s lovely. Svigals + Partners designed it to hinder invasion. A community can redesign everything as a new start at the site of horror (Los Angeles Times). But a hard question still resonates: is surveillance the only thing we can do to protect our children? Isn’t a signal our world is falling apart?