Narratives of School Shootings

Fall 2023: Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (onground)

Walton Center for Planetary Health, Room 409

Have youth been such successful advocates around gun violence policy change?


What plans do schools have in place for dealing with school violence?


How can we better support youth development in schools to prevent gun violence?


What is the role of parents in the gun violence narrative?

How does the narrative around school shootings influence perceptions and policies?

Students in this Humanities Lab will investigate the ways that youth interface with the gun violence narrative, from being victims of school shootings, to advocacy, to school-based prevention efforts. Due to differences in the distribution of gun violence by gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location, it is impossible to have these conversations without acknowledging the historical and contextual determinants of gun violence.


  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. Check this page at the end of the semester for more information.

School Shootings in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles addressing school shooting narratives in today's news.

Panic Buttons, Classroom Locks: How Schools Have Boosted Security

What Gun Violence Does to Our Mental Health

Teens’ ideas for reducing gun violence

NextGen’s letter to Biden

March for our Lives, started by Parkland survivors continues

Enrollment Information

Fall 2023: Mon and Wed, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 

WCPH, Room 409, Session C

Humanities Lab HUL 494 & 598
Child Development Education CDE 498 & 598
Department of English ENG 494 & 598


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at

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