The decade of the 1990s was traumatic for parents, students, and public schools as 10 school shootings left 43 people dead and more than 60 wounded. The shootings led to extensive media-engendered speculation about the nation having a culture of violence. In the locales impacted—suburbs, bedroom communities, and rural areas—the question reporters and researches continually encountered from bewildered residents was “Why here?” Those who lived in the school districts were completely flummoxed by apparently random rampage violence inflicted in areas that had previously ...

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