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Newton County Teachers Get Training on Why Teens Kill

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NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

Nearly five hundred teachers, counselors, administrators, and members of law enforcement got training today on why teens kill in a presentation held at Crowder College today. 
          The Newton  County  sheriff's office brought in a national expert.
 "Bang, bang pop! This goes on and on and  he shoots four cops four kids." Phil Chalmers describes a video game from the perspective of a school shooter modeled after Grand Theft Auto. Chalmers said  there are usually three to six  causes of why teens kill and  violent video games are among them.

Chalmers, a true crime writer who has interviewed more than two hundred killers including teens said, "Every school shooter Ive interviewed has played these games so its always a piece of the  puzzle as far as those school shootings. But, Im  not gonna stand here and say if you play grand theft auto you're gonna kill people. Thats not true. But  if you kill people, you play grand theft auto."

Sheriff Chris Jennings heard Chalmers at a sheriff
s association event and has faith in his knowledge.  "He knows these shooters. Hes interviewed these shooters. He knows whats going on and what leads up to these killings."
So Sheriff Jennings   wanted his county's teachers to learn from Chalmers, who said teens are exposed to violence even in porn sites.

 

Neosho junior high counselor Vincent Kyser was stunned by some information.

His reaction was, "Eye opening! Thats the first thing I said. Wow!
 

To the class, Chalmers demonstrated what he called dangerous apps. " Now Im hiding my porn, my kiddie porn."


Kyser said, "I think that their minds get so corrupted. I  think that sometimes when kids are just going through a normal day and have seen those kind of things and they apply  that to their normal everyday life, its frightening." 

Participants used their own phones to copy a list of apps teens might use that put them at risk.
 Chalmers demonstrated Periscope and Live Me and said, "Two hundred sixty-eight perverts are watching.

 And theres  technology that parents don't always know.

Chalmers said, Their teenagers, their kids are just being fed to the wolves.  Some of these apps are extremely dangerous.  People can actually locate where you live, people can locate where you're at. "

While the focus of the training was on why teens kills Chalmers said the solution for prevention isn
t easy.
Chalmers commented,  "It
s very tough  to help these kids cause usually troubled kids come from troubled homes. Troubled kids have troubled  parents."
A Diamond high school  teacher said bullying is part of the problem but she left armed with what to look for in the classroom.
Julia Price-Allison said, "We have a better idea of things that might be triggers, that set someone  off or things characteristics of a teen killer we can identify
and get someone help before there
s a problem."
Counselors and teachers said creating a personal relationship with students is the goal to get them talking about problems.


          Chalmers has books, a website and facebook page. Find those in our links section.



 

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