Lessons learned from Littleton

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Price 1 A Critique of “There Are No Lessons to Be Learned from Littleton” In the essay “There Are No Lessons to Be Learned from Littleton” by Gary Kleck, Kleck discusses the issues involving mass shootings in and out of high schools. Kleck believes that the special news media coverage these shootings receive cause more harm than good. He believes that they unintentionally glorify the criminal which plants the idea into other troubled teen minds to consider murder to then receive the same recognition. Kleck proposes that the news media should treat every instance the same in order to not unintentionally praise the horrific acts of these criminals. In the beginning of the article, Kleck tells a story of a mass shooting involving two young men that occurred in 1999 at a high school in Littleton, Colorado. He then explains that the shooting was preceded by three other mass shootings in schools involving young men, each of them highly publicized. Klecks use of the Littleton story demonstrates that highly publicized stories can be more destructive than beneficial. He then continues to say that in these highly publicized articles, the writers “would diagnose one or more key problems that supposedly contributed to the killings, and then prescribe one or more solutions” (Kleck 382). The irony that Kleck points out about these solutions is that the solutions “generally fitted remarkably well with preexisting news media themes, reflecting either and impressive ability of news providers to
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This note was uploaded on 06/17/2008 for the course ENGL 2003 taught by Professor Ezell during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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