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March 22 2001 DEADLY CONSEQENCES Today the news is becoming all too familiar A school shooting With the most recent occurring in a small suburb of San Diego CA Two teenagers dead 13 injured and thousands traumatized Weve seen it all before but each time the heart is ripped again The kids are white again the shooter is a boy again - and once again hes a kid who got picked on at school all the time He fit the increasingly familiar profile of the schoolyard gunman - a white teenage boy a misfit in a large suburban high school What kind of kids are these that are shooting up their schools and killing their classmates Politicians pundits and psychologist have spent weeks months even years pondering that question There are few things we do know These kids have fathers who own guns are picked on at school and tell people their plans Things we may never know - are they hoping that someone will believe them and stop them or are they disregarded and disbelieved so they have no fear that their plan will be interrupted The best prevention for tragedies like this says our new president George W Bush is to teach children the difference between right and wrong And what exactly is that Is it right or wrong that we think we know perfectly well what works for our teenagers Is it right or wrong to blame the parents of these kids Is it right or wrong that some children have a better homelives than others Do we think its an accident that these types of shootings simply never occur in private schools But the burning question raised by San Diego - and by the children we have lost at Columbine Jonesboro Ark or Springfield Ore is not why this is happening but what we are willing to
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