The Copycat Effect
School shootings and other violent incidents that receive intense media attention can
generate threats or copycat violence elsewhere. Copycat behavior is very common, in fact.
Anecdotal evidence strongly indicates that threats increase in schools nationwide after a shooting
has occurred anywhere in the United States. Students, teachers, school administrators and law
enforcement officials should be more vigilant in noting disturbing student behavior in the days and
weeks or even several months following a heavily publicized incident elsewhere in the country.
How about banning the media or media control. LOL! The outrage we'd hear over that!