Friday, April 21, 2006


In nearby Riverton, Kan., police arrested five students for allegedly planning a violent rampage throughout the school. School officials caught word of it through a posting Tuesday on The new job has the full story.

The deed was planned for April 20, the day of the Columbine shootings seven years ago. Charges against the two 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds and the 18-year-old are expected today. We can ask the obvious questions about copycats and school violence.

What struck the Mailbox about this story is that it was in a small town. Is it just the Mailbox, or is part of the tragedy of these things because of how those sorts of things aren't supposed to happen in a town like Riverton? Makes us wonder whether those sorts of things are much more abundant in bigger schools; only we just don't hear about them. Or, maybe we need to start looking at school security a little more objectively.

In any event, this case shows the value of adults getting over their fears of electronics and doing the same e-things their kids are doing; i.e., getting involved.

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