See Something – Say Something

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BLOG POST #189: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student who idolized school shooters.

His Childhood

His mother lived for years with undiagnosed mental illness. When he was 5, she began leaving him home alone for extended periods. They often had no running water, power, or food—he’d go to neighbors and beg for food. He missed months of school at a time.

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A Typical Morning At The Home Of A School Shooter

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #185: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school student who planned to kill people.

PLOTTING

Leading up the school shooting, the 13-year-old student had searched the internet using the terms Columbine, Sandy Hook, school shooting memes, what was the largest mass shooting in America, and he also searched for a blueprint of his middle school. The school had approx., 1,300 6th-8th grade students.

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Shooting In First Period

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #178: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 12-year-old middle school student.

I haven’t experienced a school lockdown, but I imagine it’s frightening. Even the toughest kids most likely become fearful when their classroom door is locked, the windows covered, and they’re told to huddle in a corner.

Making it even scarier is how long it takes to hear “all clear.” Kids can be held in classrooms for many hours. There may be a crime scene to process, there may be an assailant roaming the halls, key people may have been harmed causing the best emergency preparedness plans to become derailed. Meanwhile on the perimeter, parents become frantic with worry.

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School Threats

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Robin Lyons BlogYou maybe didn’t know the peak time for school threats and violence tends to be in the first and last trimester of the school year.

In my opinion, students who dread school for a myriad of reasons snap at the beginning of the new school year once they see school life is no better and maybe worse than the previous school year. And during the spring semester, as school is winding down, bullying is in full swing.

Often, threats are a reaction rather than an objective. Regardless of the sad circumstances, school threats are a crime.

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Foiled Middle School Shooting

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A foiled school shooting plot is always a good thing. I wish there would be more press time and evaluation about what lead to the plot in the first place.

BLOG POST #148: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two middle school boys.

Hear Something—Say Something

When a student overheard a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old plotting a Columbine-style shooting for a specific Friday in January, the student reported the information to authorities.

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