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Letter: Pay more attention to school safety

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

After many big events that shock the world—assassinations, rampage school shootings, 9/11, and so on—people say they can recall where they were when they heard the news.

I can remember where I was on April 20, 1999. That was the day two high school students went on a rampage at Columbine High School, killing 13 and injuring 24 others. I was in my home office, doing research for the book “Raising a Non Violent Child” (Andrews/McMeel 2000) for author/psychologist John Rosemond, when the news came on the TV. Columbine is often called the first modern day school shooting, but here I was researching previous rampage shootings that the Columbine shooters hoped to out-do, including America’s youngest sniper/mass shooters, who were 11- and 13-years-old.

After 25 years since one of the deadliest K12 school rampages in U.S. history, we see that not too many lessons have been learned. I often think of the lessons that should have been learned in all of the shoot...

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