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“They are naturally more vulnerable, because they are in the community, they are sick, and they may misinterpret something.”The 2 teenage boys who murdered 12 schoolmates and a teacher and injured 21 others at Columbine High School in Colorado before killing themselves, he said, lived in a pathological environment.“Their lives centered around violent video games.”After the 1999 Columbine tragedy, the FBI and its team of psychiatrists and psychologists concluded that both perpetrators were mentally ill—Eric Harris was a psychopath and Dylan Klebold was depressive and suicidal. Now, we don’t take care of psychotic patients until they do something violent,” Tanay said.Asked about the hundreds of murderers he has examined and possible links to media violence, Tanay said, “Most homicides are committed by people who know each other, and who have some momentary conflict and have a weapon handy.Usually only hit men, who are very rare, kill strangers.”Tanay did acknowledge, however, that some mentally ill individuals are vulnerable to dramatized violence.
Knowing students’ risk for aggression can help school officials determine which students might be more likely to get in fights or possibly bully other students, according to Gentile, who runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University.
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