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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:17 AM

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and following discussion addresses one of the elephants in the room whenever these school shootings are discussed. Amid all the handwringing and the "why here" discussions, there are lots of people who know exactly why these kids shoot up schools. Oh, maybe not the details about what particular thing set this particular shooter in motion, but how many people who went to school post WWII didn't hear about Columbine and have some sort of recognition response - "Yep, I get it."

I'm a female, wasn't bullied but was just kind of invisible, I wouldn't know how to shoot a billboard with gun from 10 feet away, can't kill stinkbugs, and never really dreamed of shooting up or blowing up the school (went to school before this lovely trend got started). But I can't say I have no idea where these school shooters are coming from. The malls and the movie theaters I don't get, but schools? They just aren't good places for a lot of kids, and they are pure hell for a not insignificant number of those among us. As some psychologist was quoted in a slightly different context in (I think) that NYT article about the antisocial kids, the question is not why a kid shoots up a school, the question is why don't more kids shoot up the school.

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