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An American Epidemic In modern times nobody who reads the newspapers or watches television can avoid the chilling fate that our country faces School violence is a rapidly growing trend in America and it seems to be there is nothing we can do to stop it The offenders are from all races and social classes They range from the high school hero to the high school dropout It often seems the only thing they have in common is an utter disregard for their own life and the lives of others In the following accounts taken straight from American headlines harrowing events fit for blockbuster fiction prove that our country is becoming victim to a new criminal youthful rage In generations past the high school rebel was the boy all the girls wanted and all the boys wanted to be He was the one in the leather jacket who went to class only to make snide remarks drove too fast and talked too slow Jump forward to the end of the twentieth century and the high school rebel is the boy who students ignore the one who sits in the back of the classroom and never talks wears all black and keeps to himself He is the last student anyone would fear but probably the most dangerous He doesnt want to take advantage of those who are smaller than him but wants to seek vengeance on those who have hurt him basically everyone He in fact is sometimes a she Of course offenders cant be classified into one group Many times it is the last person you would ever imagine That is the way it happened for Chester Jackson a Detroit high school football star Chester was a seventeen-year-old hero a senior who had reached godlike status due to his work for the school football team But if you ask his high school friends of their memories of Chester they will
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