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FRC sponsors talk on school shootings

Dr. Robert Fein, coauthor of a ground-breaking study on recent school shootings, will present a seminar on "Preventing School Shootings" on Monday, Dec. 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Bush Room (10-105).

Dr. Fein will talk about the "path to attack" that young people have taken, and how that path can be recognized and interrupted by parents, educators, law enforcement professionals and others. His remarks will be based on a study conducted by researchers from the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education that examines 37 school shootings that took place between 1974 and 2000, including interviews with a number of the young people involved in these attacks.

The study asks where this violent behavior comes from and what can be done to help prevent it. Its conclusions suggest that if parents, teachers, school administrators and law enforcement professionals work together, many school attacks can be prevented.

Dr. Fein is director of the National Violence Prevention and Study Center in Cambridge and co-director of the Secret Service Safe School Initiative.

Sponsored by the Family Resource Center, the seminar is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is required. For further information or to pre-register, call or send an e-mail to the Family Resource Center at x3-1592 or, giving your name, e-mail address and phone number, or use the center's web site.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 28, 2001.

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