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May 17, 2002

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Extreme, lethal violence in suburban and rural schools is more similar to adult rampage incidents than it is to other types of youth violence, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. The committee that wrote the report said there is no way to develop profiles to predict which students will commit the attacks, and that more effective means are needed to achieve the national policy goal of keeping firearms out of the hands of unsupervised adolescents, and out of schools.

Mark Moore, Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. and Chair, Committee on Case Studies of School Violence.