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Resource ID: #17925
Subject: School Violence
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Date: October 15-16

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In a two-part series, the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the results of the Secret Service analysis of 37 school shootings, "the findings of the study deserve the attention of every adult. . . In their own words, the boys who have killed in America's schools offer a simple suggestion to prevent it from happening again: Listen to us." The study suggest that there are no stereotypes of a child who kills. They come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, incomes and family lives. Rather, the child sees this as the only option and many of the attacks were planned in advance. In addition, many of the shooters easily obtained guns and often told someone of their planned attack. "The answer, researchers believe, lies more in listening to children, dealing fairly with grievances such as bullying, improving the climate of communication in schools, keeping guns away from children, and investigating promptly and thoroughly when a student raises a concern." Bill Dedman reports more on these issues.

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