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This book actually makes the rudimentary mistake of labeling an accidental school shooting a mass school shooting. The shooting in question happened in 1883 at the Ponca Creek School House. This book states "On February 14, 1883, Lem Harbaugh fired shots from a needle gun toward a group of schoolchildren at the Ponca Creek schoolhouse just outside of Florence, Nebraska, killing three." ("Criminally Careless," 1883) But after closer inspection of the article 'Criminally Careless' in the Omaha Bee on February 16th, 1883, which the authors cite in the book, you find that no one actually died that day. Only one shot was fired by Lem Harbaugh which injured three students. No where in the article does it say that anyone died so how the authors concluded the someone died that day is beyond me. The article actually gives an excellent detailed description of the shooting and the names of the three young scholars the SINGLE bullet fired that day struck and where the bullet hit each of them. Harbaugh and the Shipley brothers were on their way back from chopping wood in Iowa and when passing the school they stopped and engaged in a snowball fight with the students. Upon leaving as the students rained a shower of snowballs upon them. Lem Harbaugh produced the .45 caliber needle gun and pointed it at the children and accidentally fired the gun, "which had been tampered with, and filed so that it would go off at each catch" (as the article says) and was also was "half cocked". Harbaugh later turned himself in and "expressed great regret at the unfortunate occurrence and said he did not know the gun was loaded and had no malice in pointing it at the children" and even "offered to make any reparation in his power, by work, money when he got it or otherwise." After extensively researching shooting shootings at U.S schools for more than 9 years I am not aware of any mass shootings without malice and where only one shot was fired. You do not have to take my word, simply read the article 'Criminally Careless' (it comes up easy in a Google search). The book is also filled with grammatical errors so one has to wonder how fast the book was pushed out for release! This book is indicative of the shoddy research efforts by some academics when it comes to school shootings. Our kids deserve much better!  

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This is a good book for information. I got it for an argumentative essay I had to write for school. It has lots of information and sides to each topic. It cites the events, people in the events a lot and what happens with the media and mass shootings.

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