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Family environment and the press are two major influences resulting in the recent tragic school shootings As much as society continues to focus the killing rampages on factors such as television and music what children are exposed to in reality contributes to the violence The most recent school shooting in Michigan involved a six-year-old first grader who killed a classmate with a 22 caliber pistol The news coverage had vanished after two or three days and I was left wondering what had happened Considering the fact that the media wore the Columbine incident out I wanted to know why they did not pay more attention to this school shooting As evidence did arrive it was discovered that the child lived in a household where cocaine heroin and many other illegal drugs were commonplace Also in this home guns were easily accessible to the child Children growing up in this type of environment certainly are likely to be held accountable for future violence Even though I am against the news media presenting too much school violence Americans should have been deeply disturbed by this shooting because of the childs young age The Michigan shooting should have enlightened Americans to the dilemma we face in this country Two weeks after the Columbine High School shooting information on the mass murder was still being broadcast on television The press was feeding young viewers ideas on how to kill their classmates News was reported how the teenage murderers acquired information regarding building bombs obtaining guns smuggling guns into the school and proceeding to kill their classmates A mentally unstable teenager could simply watch these news reports and write a book entitled How to Slay Your Classmates This onslaught was ridiculous and the news coverage should not have been permitted to continue for countless weeks Society has determined three reasons on which to blame the shootings First the nation blamed it on televisions violent programs Following that
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