P&PT for the kids in Chardon Township, OH today.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
P&PT for the kids in Chardon Township, OH today.
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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 11:18am

Having been so close to Columbine High School and the shooting there, I know the shock and sadness that the folks in Chardon Township, OH are feeling right now. Let's send our prayers and positive thoughts out to them today.

I hate that this is a reality that our children face in this day and age. It sounds, from this interview, as if they are handling this tragic situation well.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/27/shooting-reported-at-ohio-high-school/?hpt=hp_t1

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Registered: 03-22-2007
These stories are so scary :( I was just thinking last week after the 3rd grade classroom shooting story that there hasn't been a school shooting in awhile and was wondering if the steps that educators are taking to prevent them are working. I feel bad for everyone involved, and hope that the wounded students all recover.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
I guess I spoke too soon, one of the students has died. The article is now saying that the gunman had specific targets, and posted a threatening message on Twitter last night. I guess when you ask yourself if school's go too far with zero tolerance policies, stories like this really make me think.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
So sad. Zero tolerance is not going to stop this thing. If some one is bound and determined to hurt others and capture the media's attention, it is a fact that this will do it.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 03-22-2007
A Time article is saying that the student was an outcast who was bullied.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2107714,00.html

I hate that kids have to be so mean to each other, but I guess the same goes for adults.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Lots of kids, including my own son, have been outcasts who are bullied at some point, but not all of them retaliate in this way. In almost every single case of a school massacre, the warning signs were there beforehand, in letters, posts, facebook rants, tweets, etc. The shooter in this situation posted a bizarre poem on December 30. I know we can't prevent every tragedy, but someone must have known about that kid's dark poem and behavior. It's a shame no one took the signs seriously enough to help him before it came to this.

As parents, we should be aware of what our kids are doing online and who they are hanging out with. I'm not saying I blame the shooter's family, because I really don't know anything about the kid, but it does seem that the warning signs of mental health issues were there--he was already in a school for troubled kids--and that perhaps if he'd been monitored more closely, this tragedy might have been prevented.