Nearly 20 years ago, we had half a dozen multiple-​​victim school shoot­ings by stu­dents in America … and the same ques­tions were being asked then: What’s the matter with kids today?” says James Alan Fox, a crim­i­nology pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston.

Nothing’s dif­ferent about kids,” he says, though 50 years ago, bul­lied kids might have been more likely to take their anger out through van­dalism rather than pick up a gun. Kids today may more often fan­ta­size about shooting up their schools because of “a change in the cul­tural scripts,” he says, but most of them don’t actu­ally do it, and killings by kids are not at epi­demic proportions.

Schools and stu­dents would be well-​​served today if they “upped the level of respect” through improving the overall cli­mate for kids, but whether or not that will pre­vent school shoot­ings isn’t known, Pro­fessor Fox adds.

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