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“WE JUST HAD A SHOOTING AT OUR SCHOOL!!”

Listen to the 911 calls from the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio:    http://bit.ly/zruwjH

Three teenagers were killed. Two others were injured. Over what?   The alleged shooter TJ Lane was in juvenile court Tuesday.   According to the prosecutor, Lane picked his victims randomly. He fired 10 shots.  All I could think of was one word:   Senseless. Senseless. Senseless.

Lane wrote on his Facebook page a rant last December.  It ends with the line: “Die all of you.”  He reportedly indicated on his Twitter page his intentions in the days before the attack. (His Twitter and FB page have since been taken down).   Fellow students thought it was a joke.

Are there warning signs?  How can family and friends distinguish when a student is expressing run-of-the-mill teenage angst and when it is something more threatening?  Is there a way of preventing these senseless acts?

The American Psychological Association has posted these warnings – signs of potential youth violence:  http://bit.ly/ieSgTv

The bottom line is parents should ask questions. Friend your kids on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter.  Be involved.  Teenagers who see something worrisome on Facebook or Twitter should take it seriously and tell an adult.

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  1. Good advice. So tragic and worrisome.

  2. Julie Witt says:

    I live in Ohio and I was so scared when I heard about the shooting on the news. Those poor kids and their families – I can’t even imagine what they’re going through. Not to mention the family of the shooter, trying to figure out how they could have stopped this from happening. Thanks for your advice to parents, I just hope people will stand up and take notice now. It’s so sad that it takes a tragedy to wake people up to what is going on with their own kids. I homeschool my youngest son for this very reason – I don’t feel like the schools are safe any more. Unfortunately, two of my older kids live with their father in Mt. Vernon because when I moved to Columbus there was no way I was going to put them in public school here, and their father didn’t agree with homeschooling. The schools in Mt. Vernon are smaller and definitely safer than Columbus Public Schools, so I let them decide where they wanted to go, and they didn’t want to leave their friends. I worry every day that something is going to happen to them. I’m friends with them on Facebook and Twitter and we talk every day about what’s going on with them, and I agree with you that all parents should take these measures with regard to their kids. Thanks for the post :)

  3. ParentsDesk says:

    Thank you for your comments. A friend of mine who is a parent said when her 12 year old asked to be on Facebook, she said- “Sure, but I have to know your password and I will be looking at your posts and who you are friends with.” I feel sorry for everyone touched by this tragedy.

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