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29 March 2001 The Monster The Entertainment Industry Television was invented as a means of providing entertainment and began with shows such as Leave It To Beaver and Lassie Throughout the years however the entertainment industry has evolved into one of the most graphic displays of violence This has a large influence on the children of our society Many people believe that television and movies are the leading factor in the violence and aggression that many children display in todays world During the past few years there have been countless cases of children committing violent acts due to what is reported by the media Some of the most widely publicized acts are the numerous school shootings These shootings began in Pearl Mississippi where a boy was accused of shooting his mother then traveling to school where he went on a shooting rampage killing two students They have also occurred in places such as Paducha Kentucky Springfield Oregon Jonesboro Arkansas and then in Littleton Colorado In the Colorado shooting two boys Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire in their high school killing 12 students and one teacher during their three-hour raid They then killed themselves before the police could apprehend them The question then arises what causes these children to commit these horrendous acts of violence In an attempt to answer this question a variety of possibilities are given Many experts believe that the violence of Hollywood movies is to blame for putting the ideas of committing mass murders in schools into childrens heads Such a movie as The Basketball Diaries where a student dreams of walking into his homeroom and shooting everyone has a tremendous impact on every-day children When children look for a role model they look for a glamorous role model similar to themselves-that similarity is terribly important says Lt Col Dave Grossman a former West Point psychology professor and Army Ranger In The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio of Titanic fame
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