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Virginia Tech Anniversary Following "Public Drama" Script, Says Sociologist

Brian Monahan, an assistant professor of sociology at Iowa State University, says coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting falls under his definition of a "public drama." His research on how media constructed the events of Sept. 11, 2001 into the iconic public drama "9/11" will be the topic of a book he's publishing next year.

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Expert Available Regarding Underlying Reasons, Warning Signs of School Violence in Adolescents

Columbine Remembered: April 20th marks the ninth anniversary of the shooting rampage. How Far Have We Come? Despite the widespread adoption of school security technology and screening measures, school violence is still a major issue facing today's adolescents and young adults, as evidenced by the more recent shootings including: Northern Illinois University on February 14, 2008, E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, CA on February 12, 2008 and Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. Statistics show that one in 12 high school students are threatened or injured with a weapon each year.

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Professor Urges Students to Act if They Suspect Someone of Violence

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Students on college campuses should not hesitate to call the police if they suspect another student or faculty member could commit a violent act, says a criminal justice professor who has written extensively on the subject of school safety. In light of recent shootings at campuses in Illinois and Arkansas, Chester Quarles said students have a collective responsibility to act and diffuse potentially violent situations.

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National Campus Safety and Security Expert Harold Huffman Available for Interviews

Harold Huffman, campus safety and security program manager, is a nationally-consulted expert in the areas of prevention, response and recovery of educational-facility implemented violence from bullying to aggravated assault behaviors "“ all relevant issues in our state and nation.

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Security Authority Available To Speak About Northern Illinois University

Tragically, the Northern Illinois University and others like it illustrate the profound need for heightened security in large public spaces such as malls, corporate campuses, schools, and health care facilities. Security expert, John X. Adiletta discusses steps to improve security and public spaces and financial ramifications for increased security.

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Keep Schools Open After Shooting, Psychologist Advises

Schools have a tendency to close for the entire week after a shooting incident but it would be better if they remained open. At the very least they should be open for counseling, says a psychologist who has written four books on school crises and served on counseling teams after the shootings at Littleton, CO and Red Lake, MN.

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School Violence Prevention: Watching for the Warning Signs

School shootings, while heinous and frightening, remain relatively rare events, However, they leave behind a devastating aftermath of loss and psychological trauma and we need to take steps to recognize kids at risk to prevent further carnage.

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Major Gaps in Gun Safety Where Children Are Concerned

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A study by Vanderbilt's Shari Barkin, M.D., and colleagues found that a high number of families who own guns admit their guns are not always safely stored.

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Few Families Report Safe Firearm Storage

Few families store their firearms safely, according to a pediatric researcher at Brenner Children's Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Robert H. DuRant, Ph.D., and his colleagues' research study results are published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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Expertise Improves Shoot-no Shoot Decisions in Police Officers and Lessens Potential for Racial Bias

From three experiments of video simulations of shoot-no shoot decision scenarios with police officers, community members and college students, researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver determined that training and experience is effective in minimizing decisions based on stereotyped views.







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