Military Author Speaks on School Violence

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By: Staff Email

RENO -- Former West Point psychology teacher and noted author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman spoke to a crowd at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Thursday.

From a tipline for students to armed cops at school, Grossman told a Reno audience about some measures he feels could curb school shootings.

"There should be two layers of locked doors between your kid and the bad guy and the bad guy should not be able to shoot out the glass, reach in and open the door," he said. He also said he supports armed officers at schools.

Grossman travels throughout the country talking about the psychology of killing. He was brought here by the Nevada Military Support Alliance.

"He will get people's attention; then it's up to us as a community to decide what we are going to do with it," Perry Di Loreto of the Nevada Military Support Alliance said.

It's more than just better infrastructure that Grossman is discussing; he says a generation is being taught to kill through exposure to media violence.

"Every one of the killers has done nothing on earth except drop out of life and play the sickest video games and watch some of the sickest movies," he said.

Following the tragic shooting at Sparks Middle School in October that claimed the lives of a teacher and student gunman, Reno's police chief says law enforcement is looking at how it responds to such incidents. The school board is adding security goals to the district's strategic plan.

"We are in the process of looking at our entire emergency management process; we actually have a committee that's made up of local first-responders, teachers, principals," Lisa Ruggerio of the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees said.


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