Tag: School Shootings and Armed Attacks

What Drives People to Mass Shootings?

On Monday morning, President Trump made his first televised statement about the mass murders committed over the weekend in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. He called for action to “stop mass killings before they start,” citing what he said were a number contributing factors: the contagious nature of mass murder; the glorification of violence […]

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Politicians Again Blame Video Games for Shootings, Despite Evidence

After two mass shootings over the weekend that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more, powerful Republicans, including the president, blamed an old boogeyman: video games. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” President Trump said on Monday in a White House address on the shootings. “This includes the gruesome and grisly […]

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Dayton Shooting Victims Included Gunman’s Own Sister

Ned Peppers would not close for another hour, and the crowd inside the bar and on the outdoor patio early Sunday morning was lively. The line to get inside stretched around the block, and the revelers were black and white, men and women, spanning at least two generations. One was the mother of a newborn, […]

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Beyond Gilroy and El Paso: A Week of Bloodshed Underscores a Spate of Mass Shootings

At least 20 people were killed on Saturday in an armed attack at a Walmart in El Paso, the nation’s second mass shooting in less than a week after three fatalities at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., last Sunday. Saturday’s bloodshed in Texas represented the 31st mass killing by firearms in 2019. A mass […]

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Teachers Barred From Carrying Guns in New York Schools

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., President Trump embraced a proposal to arm teachers as a way to prevent further mass shootings in schools. His support for the idea, which […]

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Columbine High School Will Not Be Torn Down and Rebuilt

Facing community opposition, a Colorado school district said on Wednesday that it would drop a proposal to tear down Columbine High School, which has been confronting growing threats and thousands of curious trespassers since the 1999 massacre there. In June, the Jefferson County Public Schools in suburban Denver asked for community input on what, to […]

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Teenager Cited Anti-Gay Bullying for Stabbing Death. He Was Found Guilty.

On a September morning two years ago, Abel Cedeno put on a pink Kylie Minogue shirt, and then tossed his books and inhaler into his backpack. Just before leaving for school that day, he took a switchblade knife he had bought online from the top of his dresser and placed it in his pocket. Within […]

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Can Gun Makers Be Held Accountable for Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher As mass shootings became commonplace, attempts to hold gun makers accountable kept hitting the same roadblock — until now. We look at a lawsuit that could transform the firearms industry. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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In ‘Drill,’ Hito Steyerl Adds Polish to Images of a World Gone Mad

Visitors to the Park Avenue Armory, the crenelated citadel that takes up an entire city block on the Upper East Side, are accustomed to seeing its cavernous Drill Hall retrofitted with bleachers and sales booths, dance floors, even tennis courts. But Hito Steyerl, the German artist and philosopher of our present technological debasement, has left […]

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Bullied for Being Gay: Teenager’s Defense in High School Killing

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Abel Cedeno says he was bullied for years in school by other students because of his perceived sexual orientation. Then, in September 2017, he sent a message to a friend suggesting he was willing to defend himself: a video […]

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Why Four Officers Were Fired for Their Response to the Parkland Shooting

Two more sheriff’s deputies have been fired for their actions while responding to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Broward County sheriff announced on Wednesday. Gregory Tony, the sheriff, said the latest punishments brought an internal investigation to an end. The investigation led to the firing of a […]

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Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Loses to Father of 6-Year-Old Victim Over Hoax

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Several years ago a small publishing house called Moon Rock Books published a 455-page volume that argued the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had never happened. In a dozen chapters, the book professed, among other things, that the school […]

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Harvard’s False Path to Wisdom

Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired the nation. One of those students was Kyle Kashuv. Despite the trauma of the shootings and a busy impromptu career as a […]

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Shannon Watts’s Work Diary: The Demanding Job of Running ‘Moms Demand Action’

Shannon Watts was a consultant and stay-at-home mother of five in Zionsville, Ind., with maybe 75 Facebook friends when a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 and fatally shot 20 children. Ms. Watts sat down at her kitchen table trying to find something similar to Mothers Against Drunk […]

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Spying on Children Won’t Keep Them Safe

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — I have a 16-year-old daughter, and like every parent in the United States today, I worry about her safety when she’s in school. But here in Western New York’s Lockport City School District, those fears have led to a wasteful and dangerous experiment. This week the district’s eight public schools began testing […]

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Columbine High School Could Be Torn Down to Deter Copycats

LITTLETON, Colo. — Fearing that Columbine High School remains a target and an “inspiration” for potential gun violence, officials in Colorado have proposed razing the site of the massacre that left 15 people dead in what at the time was the deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history. “School shooters refer to and study the […]

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Scot Peterson Is Released on Bond. Here’s How He’s Explained His Actions During the Parkland Shooting.

The former sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson has been ridiculed as the “Coward of Broward” for staying outside while a gunman killed 17 students, teachers and staff members, and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. This week, the choices he made on that day in February 2018 led the police […]

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Police Officers Are Trained to Confront Suspects. But What if They Are Afraid?

When Lt. Craig Cardinale got to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a mass shooting was unfolding last year, he found Deputy Scot Peterson pacing outside, repeating, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God.” The deputy, who was assigned to the school, was behaving in ways typically associated with fear or panic, the lieutenant told investigators. […]

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How Officials Say Scot Peterson Failed During the Parkland Shooting

An investigation found that Scot Peterson, a former sheriff’s deputy who was serving as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did “absolutely nothing to mitigate” the mass shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [Read more: The deputy who stayed outside during […]

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What Officials Say Scot Peterson Failed to Do During the Parkland Shooting

An investigation found that Scot Peterson, a former sheriff’s deputy who was serving as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did “absolutely nothing to mitigate” the mass shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [Read more: The deputy who stayed outside during […]

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