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Violence in Schools

Massive news media attention to a series of school shootings in the late 1990s radically altered public attitudes toward schools and transformed school safety policies and practices. Each tragic shooting seemed more horrific than the last, beginning in 1997 when a 16-year-old boy in Pearl, Mississippi, shot and killed a former girlfriend and another student while at school. One month later, a 14-year-old boy in Paducah, Kentucky, fired into a morning prayer group at his high school, killing three girls. A few months later in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two boys ages 11 and 13, lured elementary school children outside with a false fire alarm, then opened fire, killing four students and a teacher. Other shootings followed, and their occurrence in small, seemingly nonviolent communities stimulated fears ...

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