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If you want to know how to stop school shootings, ask…

By on June 19, 2021

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSMass ShootingsSchool ShootingsSecret Servicethe conversation.com Previous articleBuckle Up Apopka: “Click it or Ticket” begins MondayNext articleThe path to solving school shootings is solidarity, not division Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Jeff Daniels, Professor of Counseling, West Virginia University and first published on theconversation.comWhile President Donald Trump has not shied away from offering suggestions on how to prevent school shootings – including one controversial idea to arm teachers – what often gets overlooked in the conversation is research on the subject that has already been done.This research includes one major study of school shootings conducted in part by the very agency charged with protecting the president of the United States himself – the U.S. Secret Service.Has this research been ignored or just forgotten? I raise the question as one who has studied averted school shootings and the news coverage that followed.Two months after the Columbine tragedy in 1999, experts from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service collaborated to study the “school shooter” phenomenon. They published the study on their findings in 2002. The study focused on examining the thinking, planning and other behaviors of students who carried out school attacks. Particular attention was given to identifying pre-attack behaviors and communications that might be detectable – or “knowable” – and could help prevent future attacks.The team studied 37 school shootings involving 41 attackers that took place from December 1974 through May 2000. Data included investigative, school, court and mental health records. In addition, 10 school shooters were interviewed to gain their perspectives from “conceptualization to execution” of the attacks. A series of findings emerged. In light of the Florida school shooting massacre and the fact that the alleged shooter drew a lot of attention prior to carrying out the shooting, those findings bear repeating here.“Incidents of targeted violence at school rarely were sudden, impulsive acts.” Most attackers progressed through a process that started with an idea, to a plan, to accessing weapons and ending with the attack. If noticed, this process may be interrupted at any time before the attack.“Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack.” The implication is that schools must develop a culture that promotes student sharing of concerns about others. In studying schools that averted a shooting, I and other researchers found that a key factor was establishing trusting relationships with students. We also found that the notion of “snitching” needed to be reframed to being helpful. Unfortunately, it seems that in the case of the Parkland shooting, multiple people did come forward with concerns. The alleged shooter was on several different radars, but unless he was posing an imminent danger to himself or others, he couldn’t be jailed or forced to receive psychological services. It, therefore, becomes an issue of individual versus collective rights. Unless we are ready as a society to lock people up for disturbing communications, there will be some individuals who will fall through the proverbial cracks.Along similar lines, most attackers “engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.” Some of these behaviors included talking about bringing a gun to school, or warning friends to avoid a certain area of the school on a given day. The Parkland shooter had a history of violent and aggressive behavior, including Instagram posts about becoming a “professional school shooter.”While most attackers – 96 percent – were male, the report found that there “is no accurate or useful ‘profile’ of students who engaged in targeted school violence.” Three-quarters of the attackers were white; one-quarter of the attackers came from other racial and ethnic backgrounds, including African-American (12 percent), Hispanic (5 percent), Native Alaskan (2 percent), Native American (2 percent) and Asian (2 percent). Most came from intact families, were doing well in school and were not loners, according to the report.“Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.” Knowing the students and what they are dealing with in their lives, such as parental divorce, ending a relationship or other failures is important for getting help in a timely manner. The Parkland shooter’s adoptive mother died of pneumonia just three months prior to his deadly attack. And at age 5, he also witnessed his father die of a heart attack.“Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others prior to the attack.”Almost two-thirds reported being targeted by others prior to the attack, with some claiming to have withstood severe bullying for a long time. There is evidence that Nikolas Cruz was often mocked for his odd behavior.Following the publication of the Secret Service study on school shootings, my research on averted school shootings found that schools that prevented a shooting had done some of the things recommended by the Secret Service.The case in Florida shows that many of these recommendations were followed and people spoke up when they saw something wrong. The issue is whether authorities need more power to intervene once they have been made aware of a potential threat, or whether they just need to do a better job with the power they already have. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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I’m buzzing and ready to go, says Ighalo after Man Utd move extension

By on September 24, 2020

first_img Loading… Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has expressed his satisfaction at clinching an extended stay with the Reds, after confirmation his loan period will run until the end of January 2021. “I’m sending thanks to the Shanghai president and director for the support because they know this is what I want. So I’m thanking them and I’m happy that this has happened. They wish me all the best too. “Like I’ve said, since I was young, I’ve been supporting this club and playing for it is a dream. Now I’ve extended my loan, it makes it more even clear and I’m committed as I know, in my head, I’m here until January ending. I just want to work hard and enjoy it, support the team and do whatever I can to make us go higher and higher.” When asked to describe what it feels like scoring for his boyhood favourites, he replied: “Seeing it happen, it’s very difficult for me to explain the feelings inside. I just want to say it’s a great moment I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life.”It is clear how enamoured the striker is with the club and the way he has been treated since arriving in January. “Seeing the club from the outside, Man United or Manchester United and all that, being inside, you know you’re playing for one of the biggest teams in the world,” he enthused. “Everything looks different inside it. “The way they take care of you, the way the staff works there, everything. The younger lads and the way they work; they’re growing and maturing and getting into the team. And, especially, the hospitality as they make sure everything is 100 percent okay. They check you, even if you’re at home, to see if you’re okay or you need anything. read also:Why we allowed Ighalo’s Man Utd loan extension – Shanghai Shenhua “It’s different from where I’m coming from and different to where I was before,” he added. “It’s something I’ve never seen before and it makes me wonder if I’m dreaming or it’s reality.”The dream is continuing for Ighalo now the extension has been agreed and he certainly has the backing of all the United faithful as he looks to fire more goals in the coming weeks, once football resumes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Nigerian striker was an instant hit after arriving from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua at the end of the winter transfer window but that deal was due to expire on the final day of May. Much to the 30-year-old’s relief, negotiations over an extension proved successful to enable him to remain in Manchester to help the Reds on three fronts when things hopefully get under way again later this month. Speaking exclusively to Tuesday’s MUTV Group Chat and host Stewart Gardner, plus former players Wes Brown, Andy Cole, Ben Thornley and Danny Webber, the center-forward outlined what staying at the club means to him. “I’m really happy,” he said. “It’s a dream for me to be here. I’m buzzing and ready to go. “I feel okay. The last few days have been difficult as there have been different talks about it but now I’m really happy so I need to concentrate fully. I’m here until the end of January, so it’s good for me. “I decided I want to stay and I’m happy. Since the first day I arrived, I made it clear that I wanted whatever it takes to continue that work. It was very difficult, there were some talks, but I’m happy they finally agreed and got everything done. Everything is official now.last_img read more

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SETI: Physics Conspires to Keep the Aliens Isolated

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgWhere are the aliens?  They’re too far away to get to know.  Don’t look for galactic federations to join any time soon, said SETI Institute Director Seth Shostak at Space.com.  The harsh realities of the speed of light make fellowship, both in person and via radio signals, too remote to be feasible.    Shostak noted the fine-tuning of the universe before discussing these problems with interaction. For years scientists have wrestled with a puzzling fact: The universe appears to be remarkably suited for life.  Its physical properties are finely tuned to permit our existence.  Stars, planets and the kind of sticky chemistry that produces fish, ferns and folks wouldn’t be possible if some of the cosmic constants were only slightly different.That led to the principle theme of his essay: “Well, there’s another property of the universe that’s equally noteworthy: It’s set up in a way that keeps everyone isolated.”Realistic SETI researchers don’t expect to have two-way communication with aliens.  They understand that any message detected will have come from a civilization that has either become extinct or has gone on to bigger and better things than to care about an answer from us.  The dream of SETI is to establish the existence of aliens, not, like Jimmy Carter wrote on the Voyager record, to “join a community of galactic civilizations.”    It was nice of Seth to admit the fine-tuning of the universe.  He can say that and keep his job, but let an ID person say the same thing and he gets expelled, as in the case of G. Gonzalez (see Evolution News #1 and Fox News).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016

By on December 17, 2019

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016 1. Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through saleDon Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent his last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection was up for sale this summer, with hopes by the family that the toys will be put to use in a positive way for many years to come. Apparently, there were many folks who wanted to check it out. 2. 2016 Corn Harvest Cab Cam — Brandon Monebrake, Preble CountyAlthough many corn yield monitors around Ohio have shown lower than average numbers after a challenging growing season, a few parts of the state were pleasantly surprised with the amount of corn they were taking in this year. Count Preble County farmer Brandon Monebrake among those farmers happy with his 2016 harvest. Ty Higgins dropped in to visit with Monebrake and found more surprises in the cab than the corn yields, including a high-powered way to deal with coyotes. 3. 2016 Ohio State Fair Market Beef ResultsPeople flocked to hear Grand Champion Market Beef exhibitor Brooke Egbert, from Auglaize County, talk about how she pulled off another victory at the Ohio State Fair. Caden Jones from Allen County had the Reserve Champion. 4. 2016 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow ResultsAshton Frey from Upper Sandusky had the Champion Market Barrow and Lea Kimley from South Chaleston had the Reserve Champion Barrow.  5. 2016 Ohio State Fair Junior Goat Show ResultsTaylor Carr from Athens County had the Grand Champion Market Wether and Paige Pence has the Reserve Champion to kick of the 2016 Ohio State Fair junior market shows. read more

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10 months agoNapoli icon Diego Maradona due to be released from hospital

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgNapoli icon Diego Maradona due to be released from hospitalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona was due to be released from hospital last night after a health scare.Ole reports Maradona was taken to Clinica Olivios hospital in Buenos Aires on Friday evening after a routine checkup showed his stomach was bleeding.Maradona has just taken charge of Dorados.And in a positive development, Ole has followed up that he was due to be sent home before the day was out. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Survey says Canadians prefer shopping in store compared with online

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – A survey done for BMO Capital Markets suggests Canadians prefer shopping in store to ordering online.The bank asked Canadians if they would consider buying different products in five categories from Canadian Tire, Walmart or Dollarama.It asked if shoppers would prefer to buy the product online from the retailer’s website, the retailer’s physical location or Amazon.ca, assuming they were the same price.The 1,200 surveyed overwhelmingly preferred to buy items from a physical retail location, as opposed to online in every category.BMO analyst Peter Sklar wrote in a report that the survey highlighted one of a number of factors that he believes insulates Canadian Tire from the impact of Amazon.ca, at least in the near term.BMO noted that the survey included only items priced between $1.25 and $30.last_img read more

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Les Moonves to challenge CBS severance denial

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first_imgNEW YORK — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.CBS announced the development in a filing Wednesday with the Security Exchange Commission. CBS said Moonves has demanded binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision.CBS’ board of directors denied Moonves his severance after concluding that he violated company policy and was unco-operative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The ruling came after a five-month investigation into the conduct of one of television’s most influential figures.Moonves was ousted in September after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment including forced oral sex, groping, and retaliation if they resisted.A lawyer for Moonves declined to comment Thursday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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ExPeru president arrested in California drunkenness case

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgSan Francisco: Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, wanted in his home country in connection with Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication and spent the night in jail before he was released Monday morning, authorities have said. Alejandro Toledo, 72, was arrested Sunday night at a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay Area city of Menlo Park, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USToledo was released without charges Monday morning, which Blankswade said is routine for most public drunkenness arrests. Toledo was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and moved to Northern California shortly after leaving office to work and study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, according to a 2007 San Francisco Chronicle report. Toledo earned a doctoral degree in education and two master’s degrees from Stanford, where he delivered the commencement speech to the school’s graduating class of 2003 while still in office. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe has held a variety of fellowships and visiting scholar positions at Stanford until 2017, according to university announcements. In 2017, the same year Peruvian officials announced they were seeking to arrest Toledo, Stanford spokeswoman Brooke Donald told a Latin American media outlet that the college was severing its ties with Toledo, who she said was an unpaid “volunteer” who didn’t teach. Stanford officials didn’t respond to email and phone inquiries Monday. Toledo is wanted in Peru where authorities have offered a 30,000 reward for his capture. Peruvian prosecutors accuse him with of taking 20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht while he served as president. He has denied wrongdoing.last_img read more

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Police thwart murder bid arrest one with loaded pistol

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday arrested a person inside the hospital who had come with a loaded pistol to kill a criminal in Rohini district. The law enforcement agency said that the alertness of their staff foiled the nefarious murder plan.Police identified the accused as Prasanjit Kumar Jha alias Chikna (23) who lives in Madanpuri in Janakpuri. He was nabbed with a loaded pistol having six live rounds. The investigating agency claimed that one Karanvir alias Kala on police remand had come to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini for medical examination. Kala was accused in the murder case in KN Katju Marg. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused Jha came to BSA hospital Rohini with the intention of shooting Kala. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra said due to the alertness of the accompanying staff of the police station, the accused Prasanjit was apprehended from the spot. A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress. Sources said that the probe in the case is going on from different angles including the gang war. When asked whether Jha was able to fire a few rounds in the hospital, the DCP denied such fact. According to the police report, a murder took place on January 4 in Rohini sector 17 area where one Anil was killed in indiscriminate firing on a car in which apart from the deceased three other persons were also sitting.last_img read more

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Moroccan bank Citibank and OPIC signed memo of Understanding for support

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first_imgRabat – Moroccan bank “Attijariwafa Bank” has signed with two US institutions, Citibank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) a memorandum of understanding to support loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in Morocco and some sub-Saharan countries where Attijariwafa Bank has affiliates.The agreement provides for increasing to 100 million USD an ongoing credit line.Last July, Attijariwafa Bank had conluded with Citibank a 40 million USD mid-term loaning conventions, supported by a risk-sharing agreement between Citibank and OPIC, to support Moroccans SME’s access to funds.last_img read more

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