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Jonathan Fast

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Why the Gay Teen Suicide Rate in the Anoke-Hennepin School District Is the Highest in the US

(41) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 11:14 AM

This summer two lawsuits were filed on behalf of six students in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district. The students had endured "slurs, were stabbed with pencils, shoved into walls and lockers, punched, called names and urinated on by classmates because of real or perceived sexual orientation," according to the...

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Adkisson's Assault on a Unitarian Church Stirs Memories, Raises Questions

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 3:21 PM

Last Sunday Jim David Adkisson, a 58 year-old unemployed truck driver from the town of Powell, Tennessee, entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville with a 12 gauge shotgun and began firing at parents and friends who had come to see their children in a church play. The...

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Billy Wolfe - Part II

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2008 | 10:12 PM

In a recent post I criticized Matt Lauer for bullying Billy Wolfe, the boy from Fayetteville Arkansas who was beat up so badly and so frequently that his parents felt compelled to file a lawsuit against the offenders. I accused Lauer of bullying the victim because he asked Billy what...

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Bullying Billy Wolfe - Part I

(14) Comments | Posted April 3, 2008 | 8:15 PM

On March 24, the New York Times published a profile of a boy named Billy Wolfe who had been brutally bullied since middle school. What made this case unusual was not the frequency or brutality of the beatings, but the fact that Billy's parents, having exhausted every other option,...

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Steve Kazmierczak: the Secret Life

(18) Comments | Posted February 16, 2008 | 5:59 PM

In a week where reports of killings were so frequent and senseless that at any moment we expected the moldering, rigored corpse of Western civilization to tumble from an open doorway, the most puzzling case was that of Steve Kazmierczak, who, on Thursday, February 14, during a geology lecture class...

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The Calculus of School Shootings

(14) Comments | Posted October 23, 2007 | 5:26 PM

Another school shooting this month, and a shooting that might have been averted. In Cleveland's inner city, a chubby 14-year-old brings two revolvers to school, and wounds four before taking his own life. In a suburb of Philadelphia, another 14-year-old is taken into custody after police find guns, swords, knives...

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Upping the Ante

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2007 | 6:49 PM

"Is this the first school shooting since Columbine?" a colleague of mine asked me. I am considered the go-to guy for school shooting info because I am currently completing a book on the subject.

I replied that to my knowledge there had been about 25 school shootings since...

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