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January 14, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Seattle media owe Marysville-Pilchuck High School an apology

Flowers and tributes left on the fence along 108th Street N.E. outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after the shooting. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Flowers and tributes left on the fence outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after the shooting. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

As I left work today, my Twitter feed caught fire with news of Marysville-Pilchuck High School being evacuated due to a bomb threat [“Marysville-Pilchuck High School evacuated after bomb threat,” Local News, Jan. 14]. Not even 90 days from the date that these kids experienced an unimaginable trauma, something like this may as well have rolled the clock right back to Oct. 24.  Once the local media joined the fray, tweets like “why won’t they just leave us alone” and “why don’t they understand” began. Having spent some time with these kids (as I have after nearly every incident like this across the country), this is hardly the first time this has come up.

That simple reality seemingly escaped the Seattle local TV affiliates who once again flooded the high school with cameras. At least one of them, whose executive producer trumpeted it on Twitter, made the inexcusable decision to

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November 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

School shootings: Adults need to be more involved in youths’ lives

Thank you Sheer Yedidia for your letter [“Can you hear the yelling?” Northwest Voices, Nov. 16]. Yes, as adults we should be the first ones teaching our children and listening to what they are saying. We should be teaching our children right from wrong, not only by listening to them and being aware of…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: gun control, gun violence, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

November 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

School shootings: Can you hear the yelling?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Can you hear them now? After they’re dead and gone? On the news, day after day, all I hear is another school shooting here and another killing there. And people say, “It’s sad, they were so young, oh, another one.”

Yeah, another one. Day after day, death after death, child after child.

When will it stop? When will it all stop? When will you listen?

Yes, you. You don’t listen to youths — what do they know? I mean, you adults have been on this Earth for, 40 years. They — us — haven’t experienced

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: gun violence, Redmond High School, school shootings

October 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Marysville school shooting: Only way to limit violence is to limit guns

Reports are telling the public that the latest teenage school shooting rampage was not one that fits the usual profile of a shooter [“Second victim in Marysville-Pilchuck shooting dies as community grieves,” Local News, Oct. 26]. The Marysville-Pilchuck High School student was well-liked and popular. His life wasn’t falling apart, like so many…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bruce Barnbaum, gun control, gun rights

October 30, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: Violent media are causing violence

I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s in small towns where hunting and shooting were common. Most families had one or more high-powered rifles, a shotgun, a pistol and often more. Most guns were not locked up. Kids could easily get their hands on plenty of firepower. But my classmates and I didn’t run amuck…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Carl Wilson, gun control, gun violence

October 29, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: When will we take action?

I wish to comment on Danny Westneat’s column “We can do more than grieve and move on” [Local News, Oct. 25]. I want to thank him for writing that column and trying to insert some facts into the debate. Our politicians will cry crocodile tears over this shooting carnage and make tearful, mild protest of this violence…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Danny Westneat, gun control, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

October 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck shooting: Fund and ‘de-stigmatize’ mental-health services

The articles on the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting share another gruesome reminder of the pain and anguish that Washington’s youths suffer daily [“5 Marysville school friends invited to lunch, then shot, sheriff says,” Local News, Oct. 27]. With the number of school shootings continuing to rise, we must act. The articles point out that Marysville-Pilchuck…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Eric Mann, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, mental health

August 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Prevent school shootings: We all have a role to play in increasing compassion

I feel a deep sense of compassion for Scarlett Lewis, the mother who lost her 6-year-old son in the Sandy Hook school shooting [“Compassion seen as way to eliminate ‘epidemic of anger’ in schools,” Local News, Aug. 12]. I do not however agree that teaching compassion in our schools would prevent further incidence of…

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Comments | More in School shootings | Topics: Barbara Caceres, compassion, Sandy Hook

July 8, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Gun control: Fix the root problems of emotional pain and hostility

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Referencing David R. Stone’s guest column [“How to prevent more school shootings,” Opinion, June 28], we could make every effort at gun control and providing psychiatric care for the mentally ill among us without making much of a dent in the statistics. Without addressing the core causes of endemic emotional pain and hostility in this once incredibly prosperous country, this trend will continue. Bureaucratic fixes have nothing to do with

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: David R. Stone, gun control, Jan Thompsen

May 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

School shooting prevention: A panic button isn’t the best use of money

After reading the article “Bellingham Schools to get panic buttons” [Local News, May 28], I disagree with this allocation of the state funds because I believe that there are better ways to utilize this money in regard to school safety. These buttons are only going to be saving 20 to 30 seconds of time. In…

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Comments | More in Public safety | Topics: Bellingham, Jessica Kwon, panic button