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How to Spot a Child Molester

Posted by Sandra On September - 20 - 2014 Comments Off on How to Spot a Child Molester

The Stranger You Know: How to Spot a Child Molester’s Tricks

iStock_000022179003Small_700XDo you think you would be able to tell if a sexual predator was using deceptive “grooming techniques” to gain access to your child? In many instances, the red flags can practically be under our noses. Yet often, parents who learn that their child has been victimized will share the same reaction… “I had no idea… He was so nice… He didn’t look like a molester.” READ MORE HERE

Shocking New Unicef Report

Posted by Sandra On September - 13 - 2014 Comments Off on Shocking New Unicef Report

Unicef Report Details Endemic Violence Against Children

download (1)UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef. The report, drawing on data from 190 countries, paints a picture of endemic physical and emotional violence inflicted daily on children, mostly at home and in peacetime rather than on the streets or during war. Homicide is especially common in some of the Latin American countries from which children are fleeing by the tens of thousands into the United States: It is the leading killer of adolescent boys ages 19 and under in El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela. Central and Eastern Europe report the lowest rates of homicide among children. READ MORE HERE


What Offenders Want Us to Know

Posted by Sandra On September - 9 - 2014 Comments Off on What Offenders Want Us to Know

What Offenders Want You to Know

imagesFrom PARENTING SAFE CHILDREN – During the summer of 2014, I met with six groups of people who have sexually abused children: Four groups of men who, as part of their probation, attend a treatment group; one group of female offenders in their treatment program; and then one group of men in prison. I participated in these offender groups with the sole purpose of better understanding this crime so I can better equip parents and professionals to prevent it. Nearly all of the men and women were glad to have me participate because they don’t want to offend again and they want you to know how to keep children safe and to speak up on children’s behalf every chance you get. READ MORE HERE

Mystery Virus Spreading In U.S.

Posted by Sandra On September - 8 - 2014 Comments Off on Mystery Virus Spreading In U.S.

Mystery respiratory virus affecting children across the U.S.

GTY_girl_wearing_oxygen_mask_jt_140907_16x9_992AOL BREAKING NEWS — More than 900 children and teenagers across Colorado have been sickened by a mysterious respiratory illness that is putting patients in hospitals’ intensive care units for treatment, according to local doctors. The disease, which is called human enterovirus 68, has not been seen previously in Denver, Dr. Raju Meyappan, who works at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, according to CBS affiliate KCNC-TV. HLN says doctors believe human enterovirus 68 may be related to a similar strain that causes the common cold. READ MORE HERE



What parents should know about Enterovirus D68

Illinois hospital tells children not to visit due to mystery virus

Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country

Fever, coughing, mouth blisters: Hundreds of Midwest kids affected

Children’s hospitals in 10 states report spike in respiratory illnesses

Respiratory virus affecting thousands across U.S.

Mysterious Respiratory Illness Sickens More Than 1,000

Mystery Virus Hospitalizing Kids Goes from Midwest to All States

Rare Respiratory Virus Now Making Its Way Across the U.S.

Mystery Respiratory Virus Spreading in Children Across the Country 

Bizarre lung virus hospitalizing hundreds of kids across the Midwest, with 30 children admitted each day in Kansas City alone


The Polished Man Campaign

Posted by Sandra On August - 31 - 2014 Comments Off on The Polished Man Campaign

Male celebrities paint their nails in a new campaign to raise awareness of violence against children


1409366817921_wps_27_Polished_Man_Campaign_ChrMen across the country will be sporting a colorful look on their fingernails for the first two weeks of September, as part of the Polished Man campaign which aims to raise awareness of violence against children. Participants, who will wear nail polish on one of their fingers, include AFL player Chris Judd, Logie award winner Gyton Grantley from Underbelly and House Husbands, ARIA award winner Dan Sultan and Triple M’s Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann. Grantley, who began to show his support a little earlier than required, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I’m already sporting a nice kind of pink with blue sparkles on top’. READ MORE HERE



Keep Kids Safe From Abductors

Posted by Sandra On August - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Keep Kids Safe From Abductors

25 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Abductors

child_abduction_safetyAccording to experts, the goal is to teach children basic safety skills without instilling unnecessary fears. “The last thing you want is for your child to live in constant fear, and be untrusting of most everyone,” explains Julia Cook, author of Smarter Than the Scoopers, a book written for children to provide them with the skills and confidence needed to make right choices in their daily social interactions. Child Watch of North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused and exploited children, offers these important tips for children and their parents: READ MORE HERE


26 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Abduction

Preventing Abductions

Enable Safety To Prevent Child Abduction

Past Abuse Affects the Present

Posted by Sandra On August - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Past Abuse Affects the Present

Past Abuse: Why do I feel this way?

4ba3d5c931de1a9371a4a7486a633f94Perhaps you’ve been struggling for years with feelings that you can’t understand or explain. Here are some of the ways sexual abuse affects a child, which can follow into adulthood. Maybe you’ll see some of yourself in the list below:

  • Self-blame: When children experience trauma,their inherent egocentrism leads them to believe that they are responsible. It’s important for them to understand and believe that the abuse was not their fault. Sexual abuse silences the victim. It takes away their voice. They live in secret, silent shame. They grow up believing their voice, opinion, and person does not matter.

Powerlessness: Children who’ve been abused have a strong sense of powerlessness. This can impair their self-image, which follows them into adulthood increasing their potential to be victimized again. The powerlessness of sexual abuse damages the body. Not only the physical body, but how they feel about their own body. Children who’ve been abused have no sense of ownership or protection of their own bodies. They assume that their bodies are for public use. This can lead to a disregard for their own safety causing them to act out sexually with others, or being re-victimized over and over.


Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Cases

Posted by Sandra On August - 11 - 2014 Comments Off on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Cases

Did these moms allegedly hurt their kids for attention?

imagesWhat seemingly loving mother would want to intentionally hurt her child? According to experts, a disorder called “Münchausen syndrome by proxy” is a form of child abuse that causes a parent to do just that. Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker. Also known as “medical child abuse,” MBPS was named after Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary known for making up stories about his travels and experiences in order to get attention. “By proxy” indicates that a parent or other adult is fabricating or exaggerating symptoms in a child, not in himself or herself. Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a mental illness and requires treatment. Find out more by taking a look at these alleged Munchausen by Proxy possible cases. READ MORE HERE


Good Touch-Bad Touch Book

Posted by Sandra On August - 5 - 2014 Comments Off on Good Touch-Bad Touch Book

4f2828d58f45b89aca2318dbc4551ca9Research has shown, along with parents and caregivers, many educators are unaware of the signs, symptoms and prevention of childhood sexualabuse adding to the rapid and ever rising statistics. This is unacceptable with over 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the United States affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys. Many parents and caregivers have trouble talking to their young children about their bodies. Small children are notorious for asking questions that make parents squirm, especially when it comes to sexuality. Sex education and sexual awareness is a topic many parents and caregivers would prefer to avoid, but with childhood sexual abuse statistics at an all time high; it is one of the most important talks a parent or caregiver can have with their child. READ MORE HERE


Inside the Minds of Pedophiles

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2014 Comments Off on Inside the Minds of Pedophiles

dopamineseratoninMost people imagine pedophiles as ugly old men dressed in trench coats, hiding in the bushes, waiting to snatch young children off the street. However, recent television shows, such as To Catch a Predator, have exposed pedophiles as local neighbors, trusted friends, clergy, babysitters, teachers, and even family members. Conceptions about pedophiles have been changing rapidly, and pedophilia has recently become a topic of increased awareness and concern. Not only do television shows expose pedophiles, but there are new sexual offender disclosure laws, websites that track convicted sexual offenders, and more investigations of pedophilia, especially after the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Yet children still remain vulnerable to sexual offenders regardless of their public facade. The increasing attention on pedophilia has caused many Americans to question what this disorder entails, its characteristics, and what type of treatment should be sought for abusers. What is pedophilia? Do people choose to be pedophiles or are they born that way? This post will address these questions. READ MORE HERE

Protect Your Child From Abuse

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off on Protect Your Child From Abuse

imagesChildren depend on many adults as they grow up. Parents, relatives, teachers and child care workers all provide children with love, support and guidance. No one wants to see children grow up with fear, anger or neglect. But no one is born knowing how to care for children. Sometimes we make mistakes that hurt them. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a relative or a caregiver, you can make a difference and help the children you love grow up in a caring, loving environment. Adults don’t have to be perfect, just willing to listen, learn, grow and change.

Protecting Our Children From Abuse and Neglect

Child Sexual Abuse: Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids

Protect Your Child from a Predator – Parents.com

What can I do? Protecting your child from sexual abuse

How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Posted by Sandra On July - 26 - 2014 Comments Off on Back-to-School Safety Tips

How to keep your kids safe

download (1)It’s hard to believe until you enter any store–school is almost back in session! And while most parents keep a close eye on back-to-school sales, and tax-free holidays, it’s also a good time to refresh yourself on how to keep your children safe!


They may be all the rage, but getting your child’s new back-to-school book bag personalized with his or her name could be a safety mistake this fall. The younger the child, the more vulnerable they could actually be. “Strangers are people who we don’t know and who don’t know us,” says frequent Nancy Grace guest and president of the KlaasKids Foundation Marc Klaas. Klaas’ 12-year-old daughter Polly was brutally murdered. His goal now is to create a legacy in Polly’s name to stop crimes against children.  READ MORE HERE

Back to School Safety – National Safety Council

Back to School Tips and Checklist

Youth Safety Tips Back to School Checklist

SafeDragon: Back-To-School Safety Checklist

Safety Checklist Program for Schools


Children Abusing Other Children

Posted by Sandra On July - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Children Abusing Other Children

What drives a child to commit sexual abuse?

111004030944-bullyproof-kids-story-topA unique insight into why young children sexually abuse other children is to be revealed in a ground-breaking study. The research, which has yet to be formally published, was on boys aged 10 or under who have molested siblings, classmates, or friends. It found that they are invariably born into families in which abuse, violence and neglect has become routine over several generations. The peer-reviewed study found that the boys were unable to form healthy relationships as a result of neglectful and hostile parenting. Even before starting school, they were anxious, angry and detached; bed-wetting, nightmares, self-harm and eating problems were common. READ MORE HERE


Why do some children sexually harm others?

Teaching Your Child About Children Who Sexually Abuse

See our Warning Signs section if you’re concerned about behavior between and among children and adolescents.

Learn More

Abuse Reports Have Increased 20%

Posted by Sandra On July - 17 - 2014 Comments Off on Abuse Reports Have Increased 20%

Sex abuse crimes reported to police up 20% in a year as ‘Savile effect’ encourages victims to come forward

1405604165309_wps_7_Picture_Device_IndependenHigh profile allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile and other celebrities have triggered a 20 per cent surge in sex assaults reported to police. New figures released today show police were told of 64,200 sexual offences in the year to March, with officials crediting the publicity around historic allegations for encouraging victims to come forward. It also emerged police are failing to solve half of crimes, including nearly three quarters of cases of theft, criminal damage and arson. READ MORE HERE

Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog

Could You Spot A Pedophile?

Posted by Sandra On July - 14 - 2014 Comments Off on Could You Spot A Pedophile?

How to Identify a Pedophile

713232-40f6aa1e-2005-11e3-9f61-57eacabc40eeAll parents want to protect their children from predators, but how do you keep your kids safe when you don’t know how to spot one? Anyone can be a child molester or a pedophile, so identifying one can be difficult – especially because most child molesters or pedophiles are initially trusted by the children they abuse. Read on to learn which behaviors and traits are red flags, what situations to avoid, and how to deter child molesters from targeting your child. READ MORE HERE

Pedophile warning signs

How to Spot a Pedophile

Things You Need to Know About Child Molesters

Characteristics and Behavioral Indicators of a Pedophile


Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On June - 28 - 2014 Comments Off on Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

DVCommissionLogo-1Scope of the Problem

Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that impacts every segment of the population. While system responses are primarily targeted toward adult victims of abuse, increased attention is now being focused on the children who witness domestic violence. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence (Carlson, 2000). These findings translate into approximately 3.3 to 10 million children who witness the abuse of a parent or adult caregiver each year (Carlson, 1984; Straus and Gelles, 1990). Research also indicates children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected. A majority of studies reveal there are adult and child victims in 30 to 60 percent of families experiencing domestic violence (Appel and Holden, 1998; Edleson, 1999; Jaffe and Wolfe, 1990).

Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who live with domestic violence face increased risks: the risk of exposure to traumatic events, the risk of neglect, the risk of being directly abused, and the risk of losing one or both of their parents. All of these may lead to negative outcomes for children and may affect their well-being, safety, and stability (Carlson, 2000; Edleson, 1999; Rossman, 2001). Childhood problems associated with exposure to domestic violence fall into three primary categories:

  • Behavioral, social, and emotional problems. Higher levels of aggression, anger, hostility, oppositional behavior, and disobedience; fear, anxiety, withdrawal, and depression; poor peer, sibling, and social relationships; and low self-esteem.
  • Cognitive and attitudinal problems. Lower cognitive functioning, poor school performance, lack of conflict resolution skills, limited problem solving skills, pro-violence attitudes, and belief in rigid gender stereotypes and male privilege.
  • Long-term problems. Higher levels of adult depression and trauma symptoms and increased tolerance for and use of violence in adult relationships.



STATISTICS: Provided by Safe Horizons

The Victims

  • One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

The Families

  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

The Circumstances

  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6 pm and 6 am.
  • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.

The Consequences

  • According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
  • In New York City, 25% of homeless heads of household became homeless due to domestic violence.
  • Survivors of domestic violence face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress.
  • Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors.  For example, chronic conditions like heart disease or gastrointestinal disorders can become more serious due to domestic violence.
  • Among women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence, most were socially isolated and had fewer social and financial resources than other women not injured because of domestic violence.
  • Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults.
  • Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation.
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.

#1 FACT:

Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.



The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Help for Abused & Battered Women: Domestic Violence

An Exit Action Plan: Guidelines for Leaving

Safety planning for abusive situations

Leaving a domestic violence situation

Child Sex Trafficking Epidemic

Posted by Sandra On June - 27 - 2014 Comments Off on Child Sex Trafficking Epidemic

Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

billboard2-d6e9c47fa3e5f832730ebf937fb042e032cc2535-s6-c30Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will.  Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex.  Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry.  Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand.  Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. For sex trafficking resource packs, click here.


Major FBI bust highlights problem of human trafficking

FBI Steps Up Crack Down Of Child Sex Trafficking

Foster parents to get training to combat child sex trafficking

Child Abuse May Impact Brain

Posted by Sandra On June - 23 - 2014 Comments Off on Child Abuse May Impact Brain

child-sadChild abuse may actually impact a person long after they’ve left their childhood behind. Scientists have found that the volume of cerebral grey matter, which is responsible for processing information, actually is impacted by maltreatment. Child abuse is defined as all forms of physical or emotional maltreatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation. Until now, though, the results of structural neuroimaging studies carried out on these children have been inconsistent. Now, scientists may have found out exactly how childhood maltreatment can impact the brain. READ MORE HERE

Block Porn Sites From Kids

Posted by Sandra On June - 14 - 2014 Comments Off on Block Porn Sites From Kids

Protect your kids: How to block vile porn sites

Boys using laptops in classroom

Did you know children can access porn not only through internet access, but also ipads, ipods, cellphones, iTunes, Kindle Fire, and ALL video gaming systems such as Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, DSi and DSi XL?

Talk Talk has just become the first internet provider to offer a porn opt-out for broadband customers. PM David Cameron is considering even stricter measures forcing providers to make customer opt IN for porn. With children as young as five online, protecting them is an issue every parent should care about. And easy-to-use tools are already in place no matter who provides your broadband. Child protection expert Jim Gamble says it’s vital for parents to get to grips with the problem. READ MORE HERE



U.S. School Violence Fast Facts

Posted by Sandra On June - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on U.S. School Violence Fast Facts

U.S. School Violence Fast Facts

images (1)Here is a list of incidents of random elementary, middle and high school (excludes colleges and universities) violence with fatalities, from 1927 to the present. This list does NOT include suicides, gang related incidents, or deaths resulting from interpersonal conflicts.

U.S. Timeline (selected only):
December 13, 2013 – Karl Pierson, 18, opens fire inside Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, critically injuring one student and then killing himself. 17-year-old Claire Davis dies on December 21, eight days after being shot.

October 21, 2013 – Sparks Middle School – Sparks, Nevada. 12-year-old student Jose Reyes takes his parent’s hand-gun to school and shoots three, injuring two 12-year-old male students and killing Mike Landsberry, a teacher and Marine veteran. He then kills himself.

December 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, guns down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults, school staff and faculty, before turning the gun on himself. Investigating police later find Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother, dead from a gunshot wound. The final count is 28 dead, including the shooter.

February 27, 2012 – A shooting occurs at Chardon High School in Ohio. Student Daniel Parmertor, 16, is killed and four others wounded when student T.J. Lane, 17, opens fire in the school. On February 28, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, dies from his wounds and Russell King Jr., 17, is declared brain dead. On March 1 Lane is charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two of attempted aggravated murder and one of felonious assault.
– February 26, 2013 – Pleads guilty to three counts of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder and a one count of felonious assault. As part of the plea, the death penalty is removed.
– March 19, 2013 – Lane is sentenced to life in prison. He wore a white T-shirt with the word “killer” written on it to the sentencing hearing, and didn’t allow his attorneys to present evidence on his behalf.

January 5, 2011 – Millard South High School, Omaha, Nebraska. 17-year-old Robert Butler Jr. opens fire on principal Curtis Case and vice principal Vicki Kasper. Butler then kills himself about a mile from the school. Vice principal Kasper later died at the hospital.

February 5, 2010 – Discovery Middle School, Madison, Alabama. 14-year-old Todd Brown dies after being shot in the head in a school hallway. Fellow ninth-grader Hammad Memon later pleads guilty and is sentenced to 30 years in prison.

October 16, 2009 – Carolina Forest High School, Conway, South Carolina. 16-year-old student Trevor Varinecz is shot and killed by a police officer after allegedly pulling a knife and stabbing the officer.

September 23, 2009 – John Tyler High School, Tyler, Texas. A 16-year-old Byron Truvia is taken into custody for stabbing and killing high school teacher Todd R. Henry. Truvia is later found unfit to stand trial.

September 15, 2009 – Coral Gables Senior High School, Coral Gables, Florida. 17-year-old Andy Jesus Rodriguez fatally stabs 17-year-old sophomore Juan Carlos Rivera during a fight. Rodriguez is later sentenced to 40 years in prison.

August 21, 2008 – Central High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. 15-year-old Jamar Siler shoots and kills 15-year-old Ryan McDonald. In 2011, Siler receives 30 years in prison in a plea agreement.

January 3, 2007 – Henry Foss High School, Tacoma, Washington. Student Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, fatally shoots another student, Samnang Kok, 17. Chanthabouly is sentenced in 2009 to more than 23 years in prison for second-degree murder.

October 2, 2006 – Georgetown Amish School, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. 32-year-old Charles Roberts IV goes to a small Amish school and takes at least 11 girls hostage. Five girls were killed and six others wounded. Roberts then killed himself.

September 29, 2006 – Weston High School, Cazenovia, Wisconsin. 15-year-old Eric Hainstock goes to school armed with a shotgun and a handgun. After a struggle with the school janitor, Hainstock shoots and kills the school principal. He is convicted of murder in August 2007 and sentenced to life in prison.

September 27, 2006 – Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, Colorado. 54-year-old Duane Morrison takes six female students hostage. When SWAT teams enter the school, Morrison shoots 16-year-old Emily Keyes. Morrison then kills himself. Keyes later died at the hospital.

November 8, 2005 – Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Jacksboro, Tennessee. 15-year-old Kenneth Bartley Jr. opens fire on a principal and two assistant principals, killing one of them and critically wounding another, authorities said. In 2007, Bartley accepts a plea bargain, but his guilty plea is later vacated. His new trial begins February 2014.

March 21, 2005 – Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota. 16-year-old Jeff Weise kills his grandfather and another adult, four fellow students, a teacher and a security officer. He then killed himself.

February 3, 2004 – Southwood Middle School – Palmetto Bay, Florida. 14-year-old Michael Hernandez stabs to death 14-year-old Jaime Rodrigo Gough. In 2013, an appeals court tosses Hernandez’s life sentence and remands the case for re-sentencing.

September 24, 2003 – Rocori High School – Cold Spring, Minnesota. 15-year-old Jason McLaughlin shoots and kills 17-year old Aaron Rollins and critically injures another student. The second student died in October. In 2005, McLaughlin is sentenced to consecutive terms of life in prison for first-degree murder and 12 years for second-degree murder.

April 24, 2003 – Red Lion Area Junior High School – Red Lion, Pennsylvania. 14-year-old James Sheets brings a revolver to school and kills his principal, Eugene Segro, and then himself.

December 5, 2001 – Springfield High School – Springfield, Massachusetts. At a high school for troubled teens, 17-year-old Corey Ramos stabs to death Reverend Theodore Brown, a counselor at the school. In 2003, Ramos is sentenced to life in prison.

March 5, 2001 – Santana High School – Santee, California. 15-year-old Charles “Andy” Williams kills two classmates, a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old, and injures 13. Williams is sentenced in 2002 to at least 50 years in prison.

May 26, 2000 – Lake Worth Community Middle School – Lake Worth, Florida. 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, after being sent home for misbehaving, returns to school and shoots and kills his teacher Barry Grunow. Brazill is sentenced to 28 years in prison.

February 29, 2000 – Buell Elementary School – Mount Morris Township, Michigan. An unnamed six-year-old boy shoots and kills a six-year-old playmate, Kayla Rolland, at school. He is removed from his mother’s custody and put up for adoption.

November 19, 1999 – Deming Middle School – Deming, New Mexico. 12-year-old Victor Cordova shoots and kills a 13-year-old classmate. He is sentenced to two years in juvenile detention.

April 20, 1999 – Columbine High School – Littleton, Colorado. 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold kill 12 fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide in the school library.

May 21, 1998 – Thurston High School – Springfield, Oregon. After killing his parents the previous day, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel returns to Thurston High armed with a rifle. He kills two students in the school cafeteria, a 16 and a 17-year-old. He is sentenced to 112 years in prison.

April 24, 1998 – James Parker Middle School – Edinboro, Pennsylvania. 14-year-old Andrew Wurst shoots and kills science teacher John Gillette at a school dance. He is sentenced to serve between 30 and 60 years.

March 24, 1998 – Westside Middle School – Jonesboro, Arkansas. 11-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson ambush fellow students and their teachers, killing five. Johnson is incarcerated in a youth facility and released on his 21st birthday August 11, 2005. Golden is released on his 21st birthday, May 25, 2007.

December 1, 1997 – Heath High School – West Paducah, Kentucky. 14-year-old Michael Carneal opens fire on a school prayer group, killing three girls, who were 14, 15, and 17. He is serving life in prison.

October 1, 1997 – Pearl High School – Pearl, Mississippi. After killing his mother at home, 16-year-old Luke Woodham arrives at school and shoots two classmates. Woodham is serving three life sentences plus 140 years.

February 19, 1997 – Bethel High School – Bethel, Alaska. 16-year-old Evan Ramsey uses a shotgun stolen from his foster home to kill a 15-year-old student and the school principal. He is currently serving a term of 210 years.

September 25, 1996 – Dekalb Alternative School – Decatur, Georgia. 16-year-old David Dubose Jr. shoots and kills English teacher Horace Morgan on the steps of the school. Dubose was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed indefinitely to a state mental hospital.

February 2, 1996 – Frontier Junior High School – Moses Lake, Washington. 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis takes a rifle to school and kills two classmates and a teacher. He was sentenced to life in prison.

January 19, 1996 – Winston Education Center – Washington, D.C. Two masked gunmen kill 14-year-old Damion Blocker in a stairwell. 16-year-old shooter Darrick Evans was given a sentence of 41 years to life in prison.

November 15, 1995 – Richland High School – Lynnville, Tennessee. 17-year-old Jamie Rouse kills a business teacher and a 16-year-old student. Rouse is serving a life sentence.

October 12, 1995 – Blackville-Hilda High School – Blackville, South Carolina. 15-year-old Toby Sincino kills a teacher and then himself.

November 7, 1994 – Wickliffe Middle School – Wickliffe, Ohio. 37-year-old drifter Keith Ledeger shoots and kills school custodian Peter Christopher and injures three others. Ledeger is sentenced to life in prison.

April 12, 1994 – Margaret Leary Elementary School – Butte, Montana. 10-year-old Jason Osmanson, teased because his parents have AIDS, shoots and kills an 11-year-old on the school playground. Osmanson is sent to a private residential treatment center.

February 1, 1994 – Valley View Junior High School – Simi Valley, California. 13-year-old Philip Hernandez stabs to death a 14-year-old student in a school hallway. Hernandez is sentenced to four years in a California Youth Authority prison.

December 1, 1993 – Wauwatosa West High School – Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. 21-year-old former student Leonard McDowell returns to his high school and kills associate principal Dale Breitlow. He is sentenced to life in prison.

May 24, 1993 – Upper Perkiomen High School – Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. 15-year-old student Jason Smith kills another student who had bullied him. He is sentenced to between 12 and 25 years in prison.

April 15, 1993 – Ford Middle School – Acushnet, Massachusetts. 44-year-old David Taber invades a middle school and takes three hostages. He later shoots and kills school nurse Carol Day. He is found not guilty of the murder by reason of insanity.

April 12, 1993 – Dartmouth High School – Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 16-year-old Jason Robinson is stabbed to death in his social studies class by three teenage attackers who invade the classroom.

January 18, 1993 – East Carter High School – Grayson, Kentucky. 17-year-old student Scott Pennington shoots and kills a teacher and custodian. He is sentenced to life in prison.

May 1, 1992 – Lindhurst High School – Olivehurst, California. 20-year-old dropout Eric Houston returns to his high school and kills a former teacher and three students. Houston is sentenced to death.

February 26, 1992 – Thomas Jefferson High School – Brooklyn, New York. A 15-year-old shoots and kills two other students. The shooter, Kahlil Sumpter, was sentenced in 1993 to between 6 2/3 and 20 years in prison and is released in 1998.

November 25, 1991 – Thomas Jefferson High School – Brooklyn, New York. A stray bullet kills a 16-year-old student during an argument between two other teens. Shooter Jason Bentley, 14, is sentenced in 1992 to three to nine years in prison.

January 17, 1989 – Cleveland Elementary School – Stockton, California. 24-year-old drifter Patrick Purdy uses an AK-47 to kill five children on an elementary school playground. He then takes his own life.

December 16, 1988 – Atlantic Shores Christian School – Virginia Beach, Virginia. 16-year-old Nicholas Elliot shoots and kills teacher Karen Farley. Elliott is sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

September 26, 1988 – Oakland Elementary School – Greenwood, South Carolina. 19-year-old James Wilson, copying the Winnetka, Illinois murders, kills 8-year-olds Tequila Thomas and Shequila Bradley in their school cafeteria. Wilson’s death sentence is overturned in January 2003.

May 20, 1988 – Hubbard Woods Elementary School – Winnetka, Illinois. 30-year-old Laurie Dann invades an elementary school and kills an 8-year-old boy. She injures six other people before taking her own life.

February 11, 1988 – Pinellas Park High School – Largo, Florida. Two 15-year-olds with stolen weapons, Jason McCoy and Jason Harless, shoot and kill assistant principal Richard Allen. McCoy serves two years in prison and Harless serves eight.

March 2, 1987 – Dekalb High School – Dekalb, Missouri. 12-year-old Nathan Faris, who was teased about being overweight, shoots 13-year-old Timothy Perrin and then takes his own life.

December 4, 1986 – Fergus High School – Lewistown, Montana. 14-year-old Kristofer Hans shoots and kills substitute teacher Henrietta Smith. He is sentenced to 206 years in prison in 1988.

May 16, 1986 – Cokeville Elementary School – Cokeville, Wyoming. A couple in their 40s, David and Doris Young, take over an elementary school with a bomb and hold 150 children and adults hostage, demanding $300 million in ransom. The bomb accidentally detonates, setting the school on fire. Investigators later determine that during the fire David Young shot his wife and then killed himself. 74 people were injured in the fire.

January 21, 1985 – Goddard Junior High School – Goddard, Kansas. 14-year-old James Kearbey shoots and kills Principal Jim McGee. Kearbey spent seven years in juvenile detention and was released at the age of 21. On October 31, 2001, Kearbey was involved in a six-hour standoff with Wichita, KS police. No injuries resulted and Kearbey was later acquitted of aggravated assault on a police officer.

February 24, 1984 – 49th Street School – Los Angeles, California. Sniper Tyrone Mitchell shoots at children on an elementary school playground, killing one and injuring 11. He later takes his own life.

January 20, 1983 – Parkway South Junior High – St. Louis, Missouri. An unnamed 14-year-old shoots and kills another student before turning the gun on himself.

March 19, 1982 – Valley High School – Las Vegas, Nevada. 17-year-old Pat Lizotte shoots and kills psychology teacher Clarence Piggott during class. Lizotte is sentenced to life in prison.

January 29, 1979 – Grover Cleveland Elementary – San Diego, California. 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opens fire on a school across from her home, killing the principal and janitor.

May 18, 1978 – Murchison Junior High School – Austin, Texas. 13-year-old John Christian shoots and kills his English teacher Wilbur Grayson, during class. The shooter is the son of George Christian, press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969. After time in a psychiatric hospital, Christian attends high school in the Dallas area.

February 22, 1978 – Everett High School – Lansing, Michigan. 15-year-old Roger Needham kills another student who had bullied him. After four years in juvenile detention, Needham is released. He later earned a PhD in math and worked as a professor in Missouri and New York.

March 18, 1975 – Sumner High School – St. Louis, Missouri. 16-year-old Stephen Goods, a bystander, is shot and killed during a fight between other teens.

December 30, 1974 – Olean High School – Olean, New York. Honors student Anthony Barbaro kills a school janitor and two passers-by. Barbaro later kills himself while awaiting trial.

November 12, 1966 – In Mesa, Arizona, 18-year-old high school student Robert Smith kills five people at a local beauty college. He is sentenced to life in prison.

October 5, 1966 – Grand Rapids High School – Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 15-year-old David Black injures another student before killing teacher Forrest Willey.

September 15, 1959 – Edgar Allen Poe Elementary – Houston, Texas. Convict Paul Orgeron explodes a suitcase of dynamite on a school playground, killing himself, two adults and three children.

May 18, 1927 – Bath Consolidated Schoolhouse – Bath, Michigan. Farmer Andrew Kehoe sets off two explosions at the school, killing himself, six adults and 38 children.



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