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The calculated rampage of two boys has left four classmates and a teacher dead and 11 others wounded at a middle school in Arkansas. It is a shocking, chilling disaster that begs for explanation. But there are no easy answers or quick solutions to violence as devastating as the murder of children by other children.
A wise sage once said, "When a society gets sick, teen-agers are the most likely to show the symptoms." American society suffers from a chronic disease not covered by most HMOs. I call this disease "LOV" -- Love Of Violence, and the Arkansas incident is but the most recent example of how this disease is occurring at younger and younger ages. The camouflage clad youngsters who lured fellow students and teachers outside the school to shower them with bullets are 11 and 13.
Rather than attempting to guess why the Arkansas event happened, perhaps it's more useful to look at prevention efforts that might reduce the likelihood that this type of killing will occur in the future.
Baranowski, Marc, "Weapons of Minor Destruction" (1998). Child Development and Family Relations Faculty Scholarship. 2.
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