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School Shootings Stats

Updated on July 19, 2014

Statistics by State

Today I will be going over school shootings stats. You will find statistics for school shootings-america as well as a look at worldwide school shootings. We will take a closer look at school shootings that resulted in no deaths. You will also find a visual map of school shootings in the United States.

There is no real profile of a student that is more apt to plan and carry out a school shooting. These shootings are almost always planned.

The one thing that really stands out is that school shootings almost always take place by males. There are only two recorded female school shootings.

Isolation and/or discrimination tend to be what most of the shooters have in common. They are not anti-social but followers that are not typically accepted into the groups they would like to be a part of.

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Why do you think there are so many shootings in the US? - Some people believe violence on TV and in video games plays a role.

Does the violence we are subjected to daily play an impact?

Yes, definitely.

Yes, definitely.

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I believe there are many factors to why there are so many shootings in the US. One of those factors is the fact that they not only have a violent history (cowboys and indians), but they glorify it. Contrary to Australia's and England's violent histories of pirates and bush rangers, when they were caught, they were inprisioned, tortured or killed.

      I am not an expert, and this is simply my opinion.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      We need to limit video games like Call Of Duty and rate R movies. Also gun games and bloody gun games. We also need to make our kids go outside and be social and if the children have a problem we need to do something about it because this is getting out of hand.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      According to this site, the first US school shooting happened in 1966, since then it's been on an increase, with what seems to be an average of one per month in 2013. I don't understand how any reasonable adult could post with fervent certainty that violent video games and TV shows don't play a contributing role in today's school shootings. It's a fact that pilots train on simulators to sharpen their real life skills; so do athletes. What makes you think that a young, impressionable mind isn't processing the violence and learning "skills" to shoot down classmates in the real world. When I was a kid, I watched Lost in Space and Gilligan's Island. Today, the kids have to be super stimulated by bombs, vampires, gunfire, blood and guts else it's not cool. Hollywood has to pepper in blood, sex and violence into even the most pure movie themes in order to satisfy the masses. We haven't come very far from the gore of the Roman Coliseum.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't think it's violent media, but specifically violent video games that cause it. The relationship isn't what people think it is. If you read all the stories of the shooters, THEY BEGAN TO FEEL BULLIED, DEPRESSED, AND HATE THEIR PEERS AFTER THEY BEGAN HEAVILY PLAYING FIRST PERSON SHOOTER GAMES. The bullying is perceived, not real (they are not physically tortured by others, they simply perceive persons as threats, a conditioning taught by the games). The games don't make you violent, they make you DEPRESSED. People don't adequately deal with the depression, and they turn to the games as medication, which deepens the problem. Eventually they disconnect from reality and decide to kill themselves, but also take revenge on the people they think are the cause of their unhappiness. In reality, if we understood how the games were messing with our heads, and making us more depressed, like alcohol or drugs, we'd likely seek help and stop playing them to alleviate feelings of depression and alienation.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes it does. It desensitizes children to the real outcomes of violence and hardens them so that they are not affected by the emotional side that should tell them violence is NOT ok. When we take the human element out of the acts and treat them as cartoons or comedies we are setting our children up for more violence. If we want the violence to stop then we must have better programming and not allow violent games to be marketed, let alone sold, to children of all ages.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      yea cause when little kids are subjected to this violence it gives them a slightly more likely chance that they would use violence later in life. not always just a better chance.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I think that kids shouldn't be able to play those bloody games.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      It certainly is a factor. But I thnk the central reason is too many kids under 17 getting into R movies in

      theaters and also DVD's. This rating contains explicit sexual content or "adult" material that used to

      be in the X. ( In 1990 the X rating was replaced by the NC-17 and then repositioned into the R.

      A lot of films today have First Amendement problems and it is not legal to market such content

      to underage minors. Write your Representatives in Washington about this. ( Harmful Material )

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't know if video games "cause" a person to commit a violent act, but I do know it plays a role. I am an Army Officer veteran and have two early teenage boys. As my boys started getting certain video games, I noticed an alarming similarity to something the military started implementing in the mid 1990s. Not sure what I can write/say about it or not, but you can google (close combat tactical trainer) CCTT. Regardless, like a lot of technology, the military develops it, then it trickles to the world at large who makes money from it. Most things are good, flight, cell phones, GPS, etc. That said, the military began using virtual reality, first-person shooter software to train soldiers. Primarily for two reasons. One was to save millions on fuel, parts, bullets, and it's a lot safer. And secondly, and more controversially, to train soldiers to be better at their jobs than our enemies (politically correct version). Just like in baseball, tennis, boxing, flight simulators, anything you want or need to be really good at, it takes extensive practice and repetition. Using virtual reality battle simulation desensitizes soldiers from the emotional pause they may have. Their brain and body learn to react and make quick judgments and autonomic actions without thinking about it. In the same way a pro athlete learns to make very precise actions and movements without much thought, the CCTT and like trainers are meant to teach soldiers to to the same. Although the mechanics, kinesiology, hardware, scenarios, etc. is different the graphics are very similar. In the mid 1990s, the military was the only ones to had the ability to produce those kinds of programs and graphics, now it's on every game console and handheld device. As a combat soldier who used these tools, and as a father, I was alarmed at what those "games" were teaching my sons. I saw that mentally and subconsciously, my young boys were able to get the same training our elite combat soldiers get. The only real difference is that the games were past missions and the military's are for future missions. Again, my comments are written to be politically correct and to not divulge too much info. See Lt. Col. Dave Grossman on "Teaching Our Kids to Kill," and Killology. Here's my conclusion, if the elite units of our military use "video game" technology to desensitize our soldiers to kill, how can the exact same graphics and technology NOT teach our kids the same thing. Especially young men who are going through life changes. Add to this that they may be bullied, picked on, feel like an outsider, have been rejected, etc. The part of the training our kids to not get, is the psychological support of "why" we do this training, differentiating between right and wrong, and all that goes into doing a job that may require one to be violent for the greater good of our nation. By the way, I don't want to weigh in on the "movies" part of the discussion, but having been a leader in combat units, I notice that on downtime, or on the days before missions, soldiers always watched war movies. It "motivated" them. Hmmmm?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, if you have a game that is basically showing how "cool" a violent video game is, the person playing the game might start to fantasize about doing those violent acts. I mean, its not just TV and video games, a lot of it is being bullied and pushed aside like a piece of trash. Not being able to 'fit in' or being sterotyped has always been a factor, even before video games.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Of course. However, nearly all of the school shooters don't do these acts because of violence in media. They do this because literally all of them were bullied (usually extremely) in their lives and were loners.

      Violence in media causes people to be somewhat more violent. It makes perfect sense. All of the mass killings weren't caused from video games or movies, but violent media can make people slightly more violent.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, ambiguously though, It's a basic consequence of alienation. It occurs more frequently i the US now because schools started instituting CORE curriculum, standardizing our education in America. This forces a generational re-cult(ure) branding inconstant with prior biological data from our evolutionary psychology. Now mix in cult elements such as Neo-Nazi culture in industrial music, anti-caucasianism in rap music, inflicted self hate like in nerd groups or some other cult element and you will have an event called a Psychiatric Casualty when either the new community to which they have accultured themselves trjects them. In rarer instances if they reject the groups acculturation you can see homicidal events occur. While some cult elements come through the TV (ie comedy central, news networks), many are in other media, this happens to both youths and adults.

      Observation and reaction is fear, observation and analysis is key.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes it does. I don't want to write a lot, i just want to say it does, and violent video games don't help with anger problems of young adults.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes it does. I don't want to write a lot, i just want to say it does, and violent video games don't help with anger problems of young adults.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have done some research and most shootings could be stopped if teachers could be armed.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes it does because it causes us to believe that violence is a good thing due to the fact that it is used for entertainment.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The money system we live under makes us a sick society on a world scale. The central banking system only serves to keep people of limited means in debt and money problems and debt is really at the root of ALL problems we now face. 99% of the world population is a slave to this system while 1% control everything.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Drugs, violence, video games, lack of parenting, moral decay, lack of capital punishment, no discipline in schools. Don't pay no mind to Bubba, he be bacon fat!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Folks do your own research into this problem. Please stop listening to the news media and government officials who are pushing their own agenda. Research things yourself. I think it is shameful that the government and their supporters are using this horrific tragedy in Sandyhook to push their agenda. Folks please fix the problem not the plan.................

    No, not really

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        people are monkeys in suits; you can dress them up but cannot push them too far beyond their natural limits; culture that is imposed by regulation rather than developing naturally is too much stress; the monkey "goes native"; this is going to be a rapidly increasing problem; and in my opinion caused by a positive feedback loop generated by the socially concerned who are trying to "fix" the monkey; also my opinion civilization is far past the point that this can be defused.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        It is mental or emotional problems that go unnoticed. These people kill.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        It's definitely not the violence on TV and video games. Those do play a role in desensitizing children but inconclusive research has been done towards that specific topic. I believe that the gun control in America has gone out of control, and the right to bare arms has also given criminals more access to guns. America does not monitor these guns safely, and the guns that are bought are guns to kill people. Take a look at the other areas. In America they allow guns to be so easily bought that any criminal can pick one up, and take their anger out on any school of their choice. Places like China have more school stabbings than shootings, but with little deaths in these cases because its harder to force an object into someone than to shoot from afar. America needs stricter gun laws and the right to bare arms is ridiculous

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        It's definitely not the violence on TV and video games. Those do play a role in desensitizing children but inconclusive research has been done towards that specific topic. I believe that the gun control in America has gone out of control, and the right to bare arms has also given criminals more access to guns. America does not monitor these guns safely, and the guns that are bought are guns to kill people. Take a look at the other areas. In America they allow guns to be so easily bought that any criminal can pick one up, and take their anger out on any school of their choice. Places like China have more school stabbings than shootings, but with little deaths in these cases because its harder to force an object into someone than to shoot from afar. America needs stricter gun laws and the right to bare arms is ridiculous

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        When we were kids we played outside almost everyday. We played Cowboys & Indians, Cops & Robbers and War. We had cap pistols and cap rifles and we shot each other a hundred times a day. But we never really hurt anyone. So while we didn't have violent video games and ultra violent movies we did make our own type of entertainment. I think a devaluation of human life in today's society plays a bigger role in current events than movies and video games.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        no

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        states that have stricter gun laws have more shootings then states with better gun laws,instead of outlawing curtain weapons in curtain states, we should make it legal and maybe we'd see less school shootings

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yes, FPS games do take a small part of the blame for these shootings. But, contrary to what most news channels say, it is not the only cause. Infallibly, EVERY SINGLE ONE of the killers are on antidepressants, drugs and/or have serious mental illness. That, and in the case of the Sandy Hook shooting, an extremely irresponsible parent who has full knowledge of the mental state of his/her child and STILL allows them free access to firearms. Sadly for Adam Lanza's mother, who frequently took him to a local firing range, she was the first on his kill list. My point is, FPS games are NOT what makes kids violent. I am an avid player of FPS games like Battlefield 3, Blacklight: Retribution, Team Fortress 2 and others, yet I would never think of going and shooting up a school (and yes, like Adam, I do have multiple firearms in my house). What makes a killer is, firstly, certain mental illnesses, which I will compare to HIV. That then allows violent video games, TV shows, movies and other media, which for my purposes is the Common Cold, to take a death grip on the would-be killer's mind. Add easy access to actual firearms (parents, YOU control that access) and you have dozens of dead in mass shootings.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        io play a lot and im not really violent

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        No, video games and TV do not play a role, as evidenced by a study from the University of Glasgow (google up "Glasgow study video games", I links appear to be automatically considered spam here). Also let's not ignore the fact that there is an entire generation of adults running around NOT committing violent crimes who have grown up playing violent video games and watching violent movies; if there was any merit to the claim that media desensitizes children to violence America would have drowned in a sea of blood and violence long ago. Only the ignorant and irresponsible parents to refuse to believe they can possibly fail at raising a decent human being would try to blame something that even children can recognize are not real.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        the US decided it would be okay if there was violent games and did not really argue against the violent games so techniquelly it is more like the governments fault not ours but they don't see it that way. and you can not blame all you problems of violence on video games and tv.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        the violence on TV or in video games does not play in a role. The violence is emotional in that person. Who ever does that shooting has an emotional problam or inferiated by what happened to him/her in there past. So its not caused by anything physicaly its caused by mentaly effects.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Ummm, you can't blame video games or tv for U.S. school shootings. Do they not have violence on tv in other countries? I don't know why we have more shootings...but I think it's more about a glich in psychological nature. I watch the same violent tv shows (though the games are of no interest to me) and was teased constantly as a kid. On any given day I have access to a minimum of 10 shotguns/rifles and ammo, and never I have thought or walking into a building full of people and letting lose. I think it's a mental health thing, that in our screwed up country won't be resolved any time soon.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Video games and media are just entertainment. Not Real. Parents should instruct children on this matter.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think that videogames don't cause this violence and type of tragedies like this, while they may expose us to violence everyday, I don't believe that being exposed to that violence would cause people to one day pick up a gun and go shoot up a school or a movie theater or whatever, and most of you people who sit there and blame videogames, ask yourself have you ever played a videogame? It's not like they just give you a gun and send you off to go kill normal everyday people. People like you guys who sit there and blame videogames are just looking for a reason to make sense out of all the madness when the truth is some people are just crazy as hell and one day snap and go on a killing rampage, in a sense you guys who blame videogames for this are just looking for a reason to justify a murderer's action when there is no justification for such madness

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        my dad is a gamer and he made me a gamer in order for me to understand how bad weapons are so he taught me how to play shooter games with zombies and normal ones also but that gives a good idea how easy it is to kill irl :D but to be honest it all depends on the person some persons dod not get affected by it some does simple as that :DDD

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        my dad is a gamer and he made me a gamer in order for me to understand how bad weapons are so he taught me how to play shooter games with zombies and normal ones also but that gives a good idea how easy it is to kill irl :D but to be honest it all depends on the person some persons dod not get affected by it some does simple as that :DDD

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Real life violence yes, media violence no.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Games don't make people wanna buy a gun and start killing people.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Games don't cause violence, lag does.

      What Does The Term

      School Shootings Mean?

      The term school shooting can signify either a student or someone outside of the campus that executes the shooting.

      Lets Take a Look

      Worldwide School Shootings

      United States of America / USA - 90 school shootings and 231 deaths, 13 of the 90 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1966.

      Europe - 16 school shootings and 91 deaths, 3 of the 16 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1913.

      Canada - 9 school shootings and 26 deaths, 1 of the 9 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1902.

      South America, Asia, and Australia - 8 school shootings and 29 deaths, all shootings resulted in at least 1 death. The first recorded shooting was in 1997.

      School Shooting Statistics by State the List - ~Map that I made based on the below statistics~

      School-Shooting-Statistics-by-State
      School-Shooting-Statistics-by-State

      Alabama

      Mobile 1 death in 2008

      Madison 1 death in 2010

      Huntsville 3 deaths in 2010

      Alaska

      Bethel 2 deaths in 1997

      Arkansas

      Jonesboro 5 deaths in 1998

      Fayetteville 2 deaths in 2000

      Conway 2 deaths in 2008

      California

      Fullerton 7 deaths in 1976

      San Diego 2 deaths in 1979

      Stockton 6 deaths in 1989

      Olivehurst 8 deaths in 1992

      Reseda 1 death in 1993

      San Diego 3 deaths in 1996

      Santee 2 deaths in 2001

      El Cajon no deaths in 2001

      Oxnard 1 death in 2008

      San Bruno no deaths in 2009

      Antioch no deaths in 2009

      Colorado

      Littleton 1 death in 1982

      Littleton 15 deaths in 1999

      Bailey 2 deaths in 2006

      Jefferson County 0 deaths in 2010

      Connecticut

      Portland 1 death in 1982

      Middletown 1 death in 2009

      Delaware

      Dover 1 death in 2007

      Florida

      Largo 1 death in 1988

      Lake Worth 1 death in 2000

      Fort Lauderdale 1 death in 2008

      Georgia

      Scottdale 1 death in 1996

      Conyers no deaths in 1999

      Atlanta 1 death in 2009

      Illinois

      Winnetka 1 death in 1988

      Chicago 1 death in 1992

      DeKalb 6 deaths in 2008

      Iowa

      Iowa City 6 deaths in 1991

      Kansas

      Goddard 1 death in 1985

      Kentucky

      Grayson 2 deaths in 1993

      Paducah 3 deaths in 1997

      Louisiana

      New Orleans 1 death in 2003

      Baton Rouge 3 deaths in 2008

      Larose 1 deaths in 2009

      Massachusetts

      Great Barrington 2 deaths in 1993

      Cambridge 1 death in 2009

      Michigan

      Mount Morris Township 1 death in 2000

      Detroit 1 death in 2008

      Dearborn 2 deaths in 2009

      Minnesota

      Cold Spring 2 deaths in 2003

      Red Lake 8 deaths in 2005

      Mississippi

      Jackson 2 deaths in 1970

      Pearly 2 deaths in 1997

      Missouri

      Manchester 2 deaths in 1983

      Nevada

      Reno no deaths in 2006

      New Jersey

      Florham 2 deaths in 2004

      New York

      Olean 3 deaths in 1974

      Amityville 1 death in 1993

      Manhattan no deaths in 2002

      East Greenbush no deaths in 2004

      North Carolina

      Fayetteville no deaths in 1986

      Greensboro 1 death in 1994

      Hillsborough 1 death in 2006

      Ohio

      Kent 4 deaths in 1970

      Wickliffe 1 death in 1994

      Cleveland 1 death in 2003

      Cleveland 1 death in 2007

      Columbus 2 deaths in 2010

      Oklahoma

      Fort Gibson no deaths in 1999

      Oregon

      Springfield 2 deaths in 1998

      Pennsylvania

      State College 1 death in 1996

      Edinboro 1 death in 1998

      Red Lion 2 deaths in 2003

      Nickel Mines 6 deaths in 2006

      South Carolina

      Orangeburg 3 deaths in 1968

      Blackville 2 deaths in 1995

      Tennessee

      Lynnville 2 deaths in 1995

      Jacksboro 1 death in 2005

      Memphis no deaths in 2008

      Knoxville 1 death in 2008

      Texas

      Austin 15 deaths in 1966

      Amarillo no deaths in 1992

      Vermont

      Essex 2 deaths in 2006

      Virginia

      Chesapeake 1 death in 1988

      Grundy 3 deaths in 2002

      Blacksburg 33 deaths in 2007

      Woodbridge 1 death in 2009

      Washington

      Moses Lake 3 deaths in 1996

      Tacoma 1 death in 2007

      Seattle 2 deaths in 2007

      Tacoma 1 death in 2010

      Wisconsin

      Wauwatosa 1 death in 1993

      Cazenovia 1 death in 2006

      Lets Look at the School Shootings

      that Resulted in Zero Deaths

      El Cajon, California 2001

      *During this shooting there was an El Cajon police officer at the school making a presentation. They believe the outcome of this shooting would have been far worse if the officer had not been there.

      Source and more info on the El Cajon shooting.

      San Bruno, California 2009

      *This shooting took place in one of the schools parking lots, and a particular person was targeted. The victim was injured, but survived a bullet in the buttocks.

      Source and more info on the San Bruno shooting.

      Antioch, California 2009

      *This shooting happened early in the morning just outside of the school line and was a drive by shooting.

      Source and more info on the Antioch shooting.

      Jefferson County, Colorado 2010

      *This shooting took place just after school. A 32 year old man randomly shot two students. When the shooter was trying to reload his gun a seventh grade math teacher,David Benke, tackled the shooter.

      Source and more info on the Jefferson Country shooting.

      Conyers, Georgia 1999

      *This was a high school shooting. Thomas Solomon Jr. had an array of guns to choose from, yet he took a .22 riffle to school that morning. He unenthusiastically shot up the school -aiming mostly low- injuring six and killing none. He was apparently upset over a breakup with his girlfriend.

      Source and more info on the Conyers shooting.

      Reno, Nevada 2006

      *This was a middle school shooting. A fourteen year old opened fire hitting one boy in the arm. A girl was also treated for shrapnel in her leg. A female teacher coaxed the shooter, James Newman, into dropping the gun and then held him until others arrived to help.

      Source and more info on the Reno shooting.

      Manhattan, NY 2002

      *This shooting took place in a junior high school where an eighteen year old male opened fire in a hallway hitting two victims. They believe this shooting was gang related.

      Source and more info on the Manhattan shooting.

      East Greenbush, NY 2004

      *This shooting took place inside a high school. A sixteen year old gunman fired off three blasts from a shotgun hitting a teacher in the leg. An assistant principal John Sawchuk, stopped the shooting by wrestling the gunman to the ground and taking his gun.

      Source and more info on the East Greenbush shooting.

      Fayetteville, NC 1986

      *This was a high school shooting in which Major Simmons took a handgun to school to settle a feud he was having with a fellow student. The student victim did survive, and Major was sentenced to prison for ninety days.

      Source and more info on the Fayetteville shooting.

      Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 1999

      *This was a middle school shooting in which a thirteen year old boy took his father's handgun to work. This boy was supposedly very popular at the school. He was subdued by a teacher after firing off fifteen shots.

      Source and more info on the Fort Gibson shooting.

      Memphis, TN 2008

      *This was a high school shooting. There was a feud going on between two of the students when a seventeen-year-old took a gun to school, shot the nineteen-year-old victim twice in gym class, and then handed the gun over to the coach.

      Source and more info on the Memphis shooting.

      Amarillo, TX 1992

      *After a pep rally a group of students walked up to a student and punched him in the face. The student answered by opening fire with a pistol. Six students were shot and one student was trampled as students fled.

      Source and more info on the Amarillo shooting.

      School Shootings

      in the USA

      (USA)School Shootings in the United States of America far outnumber school shootings in any other country.

      What about gun control?

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      187 is a Fabulous Movie About

      Inner-City Violence

      Mr. Garfield is a science teacher in an inner-city school in New York, Roosevelt Whitney High School. He gets threatened by a student that is going to fail his class and the principal will not listen to him. He is brutally stabbed in the hallway. He starts over in L.A. hoping that it will be safer, but that's not the case.

      One in nine teachers has been attacked in school.

      Ninety-five percent of those attacks were committed by students.

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      What Shape Are Our Children In?

      What is the Cause of Inner-City Violence?

      This raises a good question. What do you do when the kids are in such shape? How do they get that way? Is it poverty or lack of parenting? Do they both always go hand in hand? Are we defined by where and to whom we are born? Maybe, to a certain degree. How do you then save these children from their own environment? It's sad. You can't just give up, can you? It's such a waste.

      It really upsets me. The people that give the most back continue to get paid the least. Police, teachers, firefighters, and the military. Man, the list goes on. How can that be? How did that happen? The place I grew up, the literal district had the highest homicide rates in Washington State about four years back, and it was mostly related to gang shootings. I haven't checked on it recently. I think back to my childhood. It wasn't the best area ever, but I wasn't afraid to walk around, go downtown, or even to the Tacoma Mall.

      It saddens me. Does our generation just not care or is the new generation that messed up? Is it a combination of both? When I was graduating, the Crips and Bloods were just forging a presence in the Hilltop area of Tacoma. My understanding is that they are not in that area anymore because they were trying to clean up the downtown area for businesses. It seems to me like they may have migrated to my old neighborhood; although, the gang names may have changed.

      187 DVD is About - School Violence

      I don't know that I could do it, and they don't get enough flippin' money for what they do. They play a huge impact on our future generations. Huge, colossal, gigantic! How many other ways can you put it? When we are out working to make ends meet they are helping raise or children.

      One Eight Seven
      One Eight Seven

      Where I live now I look out and I see mountains filled with green trees everywhere. I see a growing corkscrew willow and a hill covered in wild honeysuckle. I hear church bells playing a tune every morning. My son can run wild without fear other than just random freaky chance.

      I don't know what else to say.

       

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      What do you think about gun control - gun laws? Will they help or hurt?

      What do you think about this issue, period?

      These Statistics Raise a Great Question

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          Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

          I believe that no incident can be analyzed in isolation. Every great looking happening comes along with its apparently ugly looking counterpart. The very same attitudes, preferences, and values that have resulted in the supposed advancement of humankind in recent times, have been the initiators of these seeming negative tendencies as well. They cannot be wished away nor contained without curbing their twins on the other side of the notional divide. Don't you think so?

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          callinsky lm 7 years ago

          @Ram Ramakrishnan: Hello, Ram. Thanks for visiting. So, you are speaking of the yin yang type of theory or for every action there is always opposed an equal reaction? I guess I still don't get why we have so much more? Are you suggesting that it could be the karmic result of the US involvement in things that aren't really honorable or something along those lines? Did I kind of grasp it?

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          justholidays 7 years ago

          It is a big question, Cindy. I presume the authors of those school shootings have been profiled afterwards and while not probably top notch profiling, I suppose some precise profile should have been made. However, not sure that, as simple citizens (and to me as a foreigner living overseas) those profiles are published. Are they used to rework the educational system and the laws? Not sure either, especially when Americans do love their "liberty" so much! Anything that might help protect your lives is considered as liberty violation. So, in this case how is that possible to make things change?

          I don't know exactly how things are going and working in your country but seem to be a bit like "walk or die" (step or chill?). I noticed that American kids and teens get the same kind of education than adults. However, kids shouldn't because they're kids and childhood is one of the most important time of a life (it's the moment a kid is "built") and teenagers are so fragile. You don't have to tell them a lot of horrible things to get them depressed and depression, for teenagers is worse than the one of an adult. Being naïve, they can get some kind of refuge in any solution - and some are the worst.

          When you're good at something at school, you have all advantages. For example, even if you're stupid for as long as you're good in a sport, you'll get graduated - maybe caricatural but it's necessary.

          So, if you're both bad student and sportive, what can you do? There are some solutions: the ones who don't care about all of this and will keep live a normal life. Those that care about it and will get depressed when growing up.

          And the last category, those that were hurt and will commit suicide; in this last category there is a very small number of teens that will look others that think alike, that will support them, who have the same "enemies", who share the same thoughts, same problems, same nightmares and they are going to convince each other. Next they'll kill their enemies and themselves.

          To this last paragraph, you can mix TV series and movies they watch since their early childhood, where carrying a gun is praised, where heroes kill others ; those video games that teach how to kill, bullying and many other elements that just bring violence.

          Most European shootings have been done by adults and students in their adult ages. The massacre of a day-care in Belgium, one or two years ago, was done by a teen, depressed, who should have been interned in psychiatric hospital for a long time.

          Mostly, I think the 20th and 21st centuries brought a lot of advanced comfort and technologies, money and opportunities for everyone to live a comfortable life, too much freedom, too few rules and duties; above all, one forgot to bring an human side to this new way of life.

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          VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          callinsky lm 6 years ago

          @VarietyWriter2: Thank you for the blessings. It is appreciated. The girls at Fresh Wonders, especially Dom, helped me with this lens a lot. She gave me a lot of ideas.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          I think it would be impossible to point at any one thing and say it is the reason for the school shootings. I have heard opinions that range from broken homes to working mothers being the problem; I have heard that those children were outcasts seeking revenge; as you mentioned, violence on tv/games to abusive parents have been blamed; and of course the entire gun control issue. I submit that killing is an age old problem. There have always been wars, violence, bad parents, unpopular students, and I might add, obtaining and keeping guns in the US is much harder now than ever before. No, I don't think we can pick one issue and say it is the problem or even the majority of the problem. Nor do I think we can correct one issue and expect it to correct the entire problem. I believe each individual who picks up a gun, a knife, an ax, a shovel, etc for the purpose of killing another human being, exhibits an indifference to human life and they selfishly consider than concerns more important than someone else.

          To directly answer you first question here, I don't think additional gun control laws is the answer either.

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          callinsky lm 6 years ago

          @Sylvestermouse: Hello, Thank you for visiting. It is a hard question. I personally don't believe video games are the cause; although, they may sometimes be one of many factors. I think it's can be a lot of different things.

          I don't know that I'm for gun control. I don't believe that will solve the issue either. I think a lot of it comes down to good communication and a good home environment. Kids today can be mean. A child needs to be able to communicate with someone. They need to know that someone is always there for them. I don't know. It is a very tough subject.

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          Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          A fascinating lens

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          callinsky lm 6 years ago

          @LizMac60: Hello, Liz. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it. (O:

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          Tarra99 6 years ago

          interesting lens...scary stats :o( thanks for researching ...and thanks for popping into my Scrabble Tile Pendant lens...I appreciate it!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          This is excellently done with hours and hours of work and I would guess much of the time spent in tears, thank you. This is very sobering.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Wow, even worse than I thought. These are staggering numbers and well, way too close to home for me.

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          kimark421 6 years ago

          Good lens on a really tough subject. There is a fine line between the realities of the 21st century and that roughly 230-year-old document with a vague qualifier that guarantees the right to bear arms. Personally, I don't believe we'll ever see strict gun control in this country...right or wrong.

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          callinsky lm 6 years ago

          @kimark421: I don't see the gun control happening in the US either. I don't know that it would solve the issues anyway. I think solutions lie in parenting and appropriate health/mental care. When it comes to mental health care we have a lot of room for improvement.

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          Krafick 6 years ago

          It's the society which is sick and needs to be cured.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          European countries have had pretty strict gun control for a very long time now. As a result, there is way less guns in circulation. So it is way harder for a minor to get his hands on a gun. And mass stubbing or mass clubbing is much harder to commit than mass shooting. That being said, I believe that ownership of firearms by the general population is a good thing and a basic personal liberty. Is there a price to pay for it? Sure there is.

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          It's such a sad situation. Very well done lens.

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          I wonder what it is about America that gives us greater chances of school shootings. Is it the easier access to guns? Our culture? I think gun control laws may help with preventing access to guns such as background checks and waiting periods. It might be best for some schools to have heightened security measures like metal detectors and armed security guards on campus.

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          MattKay 5 years ago

          People consist of three elements - Body, mind and spirit. I suspect that in the majority of school shooting cases either the mind or the spirit of the perpetrators are corrupted. Take one look at the TV. The quality of information that is popular is indicative of the quality of our people.

          I'm NOT a proponent of gun control in any way, shape or form. I will always have my gun to protect myself and my loved ones from the morally bankrupt individuals who are among us. They may be few but they can do lots of damage to the innocent. I WILL NOT be a victim.

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          MattKay 5 years ago

          @Krafick: I think you are 100% correct.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          The u.s is different because our nation is in constant fear. Watch the documentary bowling for columbine, it's very insightful and eye opening. It doesn't hurt to have a fresh point of view. And I'm not saying other nations aren't in constant fear but if you think of the places that are in fear they also have a huge crime rate.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          The u.s is different because our nation is in constant fear. Watch the documentary bowling for columbine, it's very insightful and eye opening. It doesn't hurt to have a fresh point of view. And I'm not saying other nations aren't in constant fear but if you think of the places that are in fear they also have a huge crime rate.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          And for example it's a proven fact that Most Canadians do not lock their doors. Being an American with two locks on my door I was surprised by this, but in interviews they said that they simply had no reason to lock their doors because they weren't afraid and didn't feel the need to. I can't even sleep without making sure my doors are locked. Why? Because in the U.S they keep is scared to keep us in order.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I don't think that it is a matter of gun control. The problem persists and will continue. One thing that can be addressed however is education. Schools have fire drills and tornado drills yearly. There is sufficient evidience to prove it is now time to implement armed invassion drills. Lockdown is an adminkstrative call. But these kids need to learn to react. They will be in stress and fear if placed in that situation. And if they learn that school, they will be able to use it at other locations. Malls, theaters etc... I is ignorant to think that to making more strict gun control laws is going to make it a cure. So quit bickering about what to serve my kid at school, and teach her how to save her life!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          thhings like guns hurt why have then i don't like guns

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Today, December 14, is the Newton School Shooting in CT, currently breaking news. That's how I found your article. I was not at all surprised to see that there have been 90 shootings in our excessively violent country, but only a handful by comparison in the entire rest of the world, including countries that we Americans would be quick to label "violent." Shame on us, and God have mercy on us. Condolences and prayers to all the families in Connecticut who will be grieving such loss this and every Christmas.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @betsy- we do have lockdown drills. or at least at my high school/middle school we did. and let me tell you, they were useless. essentially the same amount of help as "duck and cover". seriously, they just gathered us all up to huddle in one corner, close the blinds, and lock the door. cinderblock walls don't stop bullets, we would have been fish in a barrel. however, i agree that there still needs to be some better way of preparing us for these situations. as americans we have become so comfortable and "safe", we don't know what to do when a crisis arises. i think rather than hiding like a bunch of helpless lambs we should be taught how to actually STOP the shooter. i know the schools like to say that if done properly no one could be hurt in their current lock downs, but i don't believe it for a second. sacrifices have to be made sometimes, and for those of us brave enough to try to stop them, we should know how to do it.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Betsy, they make guns that only fire if the fingerprint of the user matches that of the person it is registered to, they are called smart guns. The NRA supports companies that make billions of dollars each year selling products design to do one thing.... kill. They COULD make these products safer but they don't because the NRA is too powerful. Those 18 children didn't stand a chance against a semi-automatic gun that fires hundreds of bullets a second - really, think abou it.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Now we need to update these stats - please include ages of the victims. Now we need to ge trid of "Violent" Videos of all type, Bevas and Butt Head, Bart Simpson, and any other disrespectful and violent content source that we call "Entertainment!" Now also get back to "God and Judeo-Christian beliefs and RESPECT for LIFE from Conception to Natural Death...Ethical Behaviors and get our heads out of the sand!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Its interesting to note that the majority of these tragedies happen in gun-free zones. Criminals know they can act unopposed where there are no guns. And we need to stop publicizing these shooters' names. It just encourages the next one.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Well said!!!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Add more gun control=fewer jobs ie closing gun manufacters. More criminals with guns and I never saw a criminal say anything about getting their gun legally.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Gun control laws are impotent, political eyewash. Connecticut has the 5th tightest gun control laws in the US. How much good did that do? They need to stop focusing on the tool and get to the root of the problem. I have read that another deranged person in China stabbed and cut 20 in a school incident. So much for gun control. Too bad the principal in Newtown didn't have a gun.

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          bobbyhun1967 4 years ago

          @anonymous: To make a comment like that please do your research and know that a "semi" auto gun can not fire hundreds of bullets a second not even close. Unfortunately those kids didn't stand a chance if the shooter had a single shot pistol or a fully auto or a knife for that matter. Unless there was a police officer there to stop him he would have carried on. Even still if they banned every gun in the world then they will move to home made explosives. Let get real here people. Guns protect people. Its been that way for hundreds of years. If you are uncomfortable about guns take a class to familiarize yourself so you might be the one to save your family, children or adults from violent crimes carried out by "bad" people trying to harm good people. Thank you for considering

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          bobbyhun1967 4 years ago

          @MattKay: Great post! Thank you...

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          bobbyhun1967 4 years ago

          @jimmyworldstar: Jimmy I like the armed guards idea but they will be the 1st ones shot. It is better than nothing though. They have both back round check and waiting periods now in place. The problem is the people shooting are not rule followers. For the most part they are using unregistered guns. Example: gang members are not going to go register... They are going to buy on the black market and you will never get rid of that... Best bet learn safety and protect your self, your kids and your family with a gun. Just my point of view... Thank you

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          bobbyhun1967 4 years ago

          @callinsky lm: Thank you! agreed

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          bobbyhun1967 4 years ago

          @Tarra99: What stats? I can't view them... Please reply w them... Thanks

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Elove, you are 100% correct. To answer your question about the principal, she would not be allowed to have a gun in school as the geniuses in Wash took care of that with their last knee jerk reaction to this type tragedy. Even though a person may have a license to carry one, it is against federal law to possess one in a school zone. Food for thought * why do you think a coward who kills children would go to a school to kill? Ahmm...well the chances of him running into a bullet there are slim to none. Why go to a place where someone might shoot back? Either way...I still can't get past the fact that someone...who was supposedly a member of the human race ...could point a weapon at those little angels and pull the trigger. I hope he burns in hell. Oh yea...Timothy McVeigh didn't need a gun huh? You are so right when you say they need to address the real problem...not bans the guns.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          More laws? Already have dozens of those,locally & nationally. Hasn't stopped or slowed down anything. Improve the NICS system to better detect persons that have been adjudicated mentally unfit. Bans? Will never work. Crooks will have guns & fewer obstacles(armed citizen).

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I believe that is not on which law or how hard they are....it is not legally carry a gun because most of the shootings have been executed by unlicensed shooter. The problem is how responsible the person that legally carry a gun let another person has access to the arm. If I responsibly take care of what I possess, I am sure that less shooting may occur. The laws should be more aggressive to those that possess legally the guns and to those that illegally have one, the laws should be tougher..

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Just curious, how many of those 20 who were stabbed in China died?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Notice most shootings are in area with strict gun control. lol idiots.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          We already have gun control and look at the shootings. What we are missing is parental control of their young sons and the development of these young men into well adjusted individuals. Perhaps, we should stop medicating the sons and just talk with them. Spend some time with these young men and give them a strong sense of a good identity for themselves. Most of these young men don't even know who they are and have no concept of the damage they will do.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I agree and the root of the problem seems to be that these young men are so desperate to belong to any group in the school that they truly believe shooting others will gain them the attention that they seek. They never EVER THINK beyond the shooting event. However, if they implement more laws against legal gun owners, look out drivers and people. Next, autos will be regulated too because they kill a lot of people due to alcohol, drugs, inattention, bad driving or whatever. It is never the fault of the tool, but let's look at the people and since these shooters are so young, we have to consider the parenting. Maybe we should be considering having people pass a test before they can be a parent. Right now any idiot can become a parent and the poor children suffer for it. Why don't we make parenthood the real issue here? It already is the issue.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: The US has a huge crime rate because we already have so many laws and the criminals have so many rights that the poor police are so overwhelmed. In this country, we have made it so easy and attractive to commit crimes. We already have the laws on the books, why don't we enforce the ones we already have??? These kids could NOT legally bring a gun to school and they didn't even own these guns, so why aren't we dealing with the laws we have? We have so many easy ways to get around a criminal conviction and why should our children listen to anything we have to say about any of this. They will do whatever they choose to do, no matter the law. Consider the examples that everyone in this country sets for our young people. We place so much importance on sports over intellect, on cheating over success. Why should our young listen to us. Fear? Yep, we have that in abundance too, but we still don't teach our children. In fact, the only laws missing are those that ensure people can be good parents. The most important job in our lives and no one seems to care at all. We just let our young fend for themselves. No wonder we lock our doors.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @callinsky lm: OK, I have one idea. What about both parents enrolling in an NRA sponsored gun class with their young children? Why not start teaching our children about responsibility and legal gun ownership. I cannot think of any better way to teach our young and instill some pride in them at the same time. Plus the family unit may even learn to talk to each other. As for your comments, I do agree, our mental health care needs a lot of improvement but not more pills for children. We need to learn to have open, honest conversations with our children. Try it. They may surprise you.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Gun control laws are really the wrong terminology. They should be referred to as 'victim disarmament laws' - their only purpose being to force law-abiding individuals to comply with assine legislation enacted and passed by hoplophobes, (hoplophobe being a term used to describe someone who has an unreasonable and terrifying fear of weapons or guns), who somehow think it is morally superior for your wife or daughter to be attacked, raped & strangled to death by her pantyhose, than for her to defend herself, using a perfectly legal personally owned firearm in her self-defense, thereby preserving her life, or the lives of family & loved one. Which scenario would you rather come home to? Your wife or family member, dead, raped, strangled, & murdered? Or would you rather come home to find the police questioning your wife or family member about what went on just before she/they were forced to shoot the intuder to insure their own safety. Is this a difficult question for you to understand?

          The right of self-protection and self-preservation is the first and most basic of all natural rights, not given to us, or ceded to us by some governing body, but inherrent in our very existence. No, the recent shooting tragedies are not symptomatic of lax'gun control' -- but rather lax parenting, lax schools, lax discipline, lax standards, lax expectations and a culture which has become laz to the point of virtual indifference when it come to morals, personal responsiblilty, and critical thinking. Don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

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          bobgunn 4 years ago

          Very good lens. These shootings literally make me sick, because I was shot five times and left for dead while managing a Radio Shack. I don't have the answer to stop the madness, unfortunately, and I really don't think there is one.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          just have guards at school

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am french and in france we can't have guns. It is forbidden. And we do not have school shooting... When we look to the stats, we see that USA is far the country where there are the most school shooting. Or this is one of the only country having the right of having a gun. I can understand that before, it was a good think because on the beginning USA was a wild country and peaple had to defend themselves. But it is not anymore. Now, USA is one of the more developed countries. I think you should forbid guns. Then maybe, with the time, it would decrease and hopefully stop...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          i guess the French forgot that the USA saved them in WW2 because we carry guns. Duh!

          Quick Fix, fatal punishment for anyone that uses a gun or deadly weapon in a crime,period. this would also clean out the prisons, this would help the economy. Wake up America !

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          you need to post stats as to where on campus shooting occurred so as to gather

          what area is in need most of security like: are there more ocurrences in the cafeteria

          as opposed to the classroom itself. thank you

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