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The 488-page book highlights school shootings from the first on September 5, 1595 at RoyalHigh School in Scotland to the earliest in the United States which occurred in Franklin County Pennsylvania on July 26, 1764 when a native raiding party slaughtered 10 students and their teacher in a one room schoolhouse. It also examines school shootings in Dunblane, Scotland where 16 first-grade students were slain along with their teacher; the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School; the hostage taking, sexual assault and killing at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado; the carnage at Columbine High School; the devastation at Virginia Tech where 32 student and faculty were murdered and a homicidal rampage at Red Lake Senior High School in a First Nations community in Minnesota which resulted in the deaths of five students, a teacher, security guard and two other individuals before the 17-year-old gunman took his own life. The author memorializes many of those who have died in school shootings so they can be remembered as individuals and not just statistics as well as making mention of some of the heroes who surrendered their lives in an effort to protect others. Also recognized are the first responders; the clergy who not only conducted funerals but did so much to help heal those who were affected by these tragedies; members of the various independent and government agencies who provide services to ensure people are properly cared for following horrific incidents and the outpouring of support from government leaders and people around the world to provide comfort to victims. It is a must read for first responders, religious leaders, educators, parents and community leaders in addition to those interested in improving safety in schools and protecting young people in their classrooms. The book gives factual accounts of various incidents and provides insight into what to expect if a school shooting occurs in your community. It also outlines the pain and trauma people will experience, the reaction of individuals and the assistance that’s needed to heal those who are devastated when the unthinkable happens.

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