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Shooting at Colorado school
December 13th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Shooting at Colorado school

A student opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school, injuring at least two people before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. FULL STORY

Tonight at 6:30pm ET, Donna Brazile and Kevin Madden join S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter for a conversation on the breaking news. They will also speak with clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere Ph.D. and Adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober, founder of Psychiatric Consultants of Florida.


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  1. Gene

    This is the 2nd story I read on CNN this is old. Is CNN having trouble keeping up with what's new or clearing out the old news.

    December 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  2. RON

    i don,t get why kids can just walk into schools with guns..this should not be permissible....where is the secuirity at our schools....obama, miden have done nothing to secure schools....why not should measure to stop anyone coming into schools with guns....not action at all.

    December 17, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
    • What

      What have the republican'ts done? Increased security spending for schools??? NOT!!!!

      December 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  3. Moar gunz

    wii ned moar gunz 2 pertckd uz frum pepl wit moar gunz dan wii gaht! demokrats unlii wunt 2 tayk wey r gunz n jesuz 2. demokrats wunt 2 raz mi taxiz 2. iv demokrates raz mi taxiz den i wunt bii abell 2 git r dubl wyd tralr n 10 yeerz.

    December 16, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  4. ShotheIcon

    the tragedy of gun violence

    December 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  5. mdl

    In order to have effective guns they have to be fair and enforced equally and consistently and to do that means going into areas where gangs have control and enforcing the laws but, that will never happen because it is not PC for those outside the gang controlled neighborhoods to go in and educate and enforce those laws...Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton will keep reminding us that.

    December 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  6. Daniel Hirschhorn

    Students, their parents, faculty members, and administrators should better understand the dynamics of the educational environment and experience–and get more involved.

    I am an adjunct (part-time) instructor at several Maryland colleges. I also sometimes substitute in the public schools of in Maryland. As an educator, I have strong feelings about what goes on in educational institutions today. I have always been interested and involved (e.g., on PTAs) with student violence in schools. I am mostly concerned about what I can do to help my students more and the schools I work for—the system. But there is a time to reach out to others and express important views, like now.
    Students, their parents, faculty members, and administrators, citizens and taxpayers all, should better understand the dynamics of the educational environment and experience–and get more involved.
    With respect to students, they are just young (or older) PEOPLE first, so we must look at the way people are and can be. The most disturbing problem overtly visible about schools today is the ongoing violence occurring on school grounds. The ongoing rash of student anger and violence is a function of several complicated phenomena. Aside from the over availability of guns, no one without mental health problems engages in a mass shooting or any truly insane behavior for that matter. More importantly, what gives rise to mental health and behavioral issues? Clearly, the treatment of children by their parents has a profound effect. Genetics surely play a significant role too (e.g., the psychiatric background of serial, spree, and mass murderers is often remarkably similar). Experts in related fields can do something for most imbalanced and disturbed people, IF the student’s problems are brought to their attention!
    This brings us to the schools themselves, which I can address best as a teacher and an insider. Like any bureaucracy, schools have weaknesses, which manifest themselves as a result of the actions or inactions of PEOPLE. And it starts at the top in organizations. School management must work for the welfare of their students and teachers–students first, because they are less capable in most cases. Hence, my focus from here on is the people we call management, and I mean up to and beyond the Superintendent level. Some of these administrators, plainly, are often incompetent and acting in bad faith—mostly because their focus is on themselves and their careers first and foremost.
    When an administrator is self-focused and possibly not especially bright to begin with, problems for teachers and students are bound to emerge. When the leaders in our lives don’t seem to really care about us and our problems, we get angry and frustrated. And our problems remain unsolved. When this goes on long enough, it seems possible that ANYONE could develop a ‘mental health’ issue! It is not good enough to say to yourself: “Let them solve their own problems.” That is just not working. “Let everyone do what they want and live with it,” especially in relation to kids, is a bad policy and a lazy cop out. This laissez-faireism may be partly responsible for the growth of student unrest, disengagement, isolation, and anger, the kind that emerge as routine violent episodes in schools today, particularly referring to places like Colorado (again) and Sandy Hook, which, of course, are in the news right now!
    In simple terms, when a teacher or school administrator identifies a student with a real problem, he or she must try to HELP that student with some real degree of effort. If that is beyond the capability of the adult here, then the child should be quickly referred to a higher authority or expert, and then that person should do what they can. If that doesn’t work, a referral must be made to an even higher and more sophisticated authority. Otherwise, the student will feel jettisoned, alone, and act out his or her frustration or mania. And that’s what’s clearly happening with many students (and adults for that matter) today. People who have the authority and intelligence to act on behalf of others must do so until they get RESULTS, or intelligently pass the problem on to someone more qualified to resolve the matter who also will act energetically and in good faith, thinking of his her or own needs and comforts LAST and of the students’ needs first and foremost! Get up and get with it people.

    December 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  7. Ron

    I'm shocked! CNN didn't take this last incident to promote it's anti gun stance. In addition, Stephanie Cutter was actually civil verses her normal omnipotent self. Compiling information on individuals that display mental health indicators that they may pose a danger makes much more sense than trying to track 300 million guns. In both the Gabrielle Gifford's case in Tucson and the movie theater shooting episode in Aurora Colorado, the red flags had been waving wildly for quite some time.

    December 14, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  8. Presidential Aide

    They are all punks.

    December 14, 2013 at 6:49 am | Reply
  9. Faye-Texas

    Yet again, another school shooting. People please wake up and see that the facts are that the NRA does not represent the gun owner, they are representing the gun manufacturers which, in the end, spells greed. Our childrens lives should not be put at risk because of politics. This situation is becoming a weekly event. Yes mental illness is the issue. Many may not remember but the truth is that President Jimmy Carter passed a mental health bill over 35 years ago. All of us had the opportunity to receive counseling and the cost was on a sliding scale basis. President Carter was ahead of his time by about 35 years. He placed the speed limit at 55 mph thus saving lives and fuel. He installed solar panels on the White house as an inspiration to others. Ronald Reagan trashed all of those forward thing ideas immediately. Now, 35 years later, we are talking about the need for mental health awareness. The Republican Party destroyed Jimmy Carter's Presidency for their own greedy desire for power. Now they are trying to do the same to this current President. Don't you see folks, its all about the greed and lust for power. The Republican Party, the Tea Party have one agenda and that is power and more power. They could care less about the simple, ordinary American and least of all about our well being as long as they have what they want and desire. One last word, Senator Ted
    Cruz is not entitled to run for the office of the President. His. mother was an American and his father was a Cuban and he was born in Canada. He was not born on American soil. As for "Ayn" Rand Paul, he is an idiot. Chris Christi is a bully so, who else do they have?

    December 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  10. Bob Taylor

    Mental health problems are nothing new. School and mass shootings once a month are new. Guns are too readily available. Sick of the talking points shifted to everything but the problem. The problem is guns, guns and more guns.

    December 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • William

      I and all my friends and family have been surrounded by guns. I am 34 years old and not one person I know has committed murder or went on a shooting spree. Tell me one good reason why I or anyone else like me should give up our firearms.

      December 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply

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