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11-20-99 School Shootings In our society today so socially and technologically advanced one expects to feel a sense of security and comfort However this safety is lost due to the fact of many school shootings occurring nationwide It is not unusual to hear about these shootings on television or on the radio This issue has greatly impacted the lives of young people If you turn on you television and look at the destruction caused from a flood or an earthquake you may think oh another one Although it may shock you to see the pain and suffering of the victims it is going to happen Is that the way we have to look at school shootings It seems almost inevitable that this routine will happen over and over again A question that has been asked by almost every person in the US is why does this happen The truth is no one really knows There are many opinions and facts to support those opinions but this is not enough to pinpoint the cause of shooting tragedies One possible answer might be that kids turn on the television and flip through the channels just to see the pain and suffering from the families of those who crossed the shooters They see this media dramatization and think that they can do it to This is called the copycat effect In the case of a shooting at Heritage High school in Conyers Georgia a 15 year old boy brought a 22 caliber rifle to school and shot about 12 rounds at his classmates Fortunately no one died but six were injured Some believe that he must have had a troubled life and was influenced by evil music or played video games that involved guns and blood However this is not the case Thomas Solomen was literally a Boy Scout who went to church and didnt care for Marilyn Manson or Duke Nukem or
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