AP-NORC Poll: Bullying, not schools, blamed for shootings

In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019 photo, former SWAT officer Al Joyce walks in Norway, Maine. Joyce left his job in law enforcement in Jefferson County, Colorado, after a school shooting and now works as a cashier. Joyce was part of the team that in 2006 stormed a classroom in Platte Canyon High School in the town of Bailey, southwest of Denver and saw the aftermath of a shooting. It wasn’t long before the nightmares began and he started drinking heavily to avoid them. He ended up leaving the SWAT team, divorcing his wife and withdrawing from the world. “I wanted to just shut down, turn off,” he said. “It didn’t work out so well.”(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

WASHINGTON — Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.