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Published: January 23, 2013
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10 MYTHS ABOUT

SCHOOL SHOOTERS

Kim Carter, director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, said common myths crop up after school shootings. Carter reported the myths Tuesday to the Oklahoma Commission on School Security.

1. The shooter just didn't fit the profile. “There really is no profile,” Carter said. “That's what you have to understand. It could be the most clean-cut kid in your school.”

2. He just snapped. “They never ‘just snap,'” Carter said. “Never.”

3. No one knew.

4. He hadn't threatened anyone.

5. He was a loner

6. He was mentally ill.

7. If only we'd had a SWAT team. “Most of these events are done in 12 minutes or less,” Carter said. “It's going to be on the school resource officer. It's going to be on the policeman on the beat to show up.”

8. He had never touched a gun.

9. We did everything we could to help him.

10. School violence is rampant. “School violence is not rampant,” Carter said. “School violence is very well-publicized.”