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It's Time To Ask Deeper Questions About School Shootings

Filling schools with metal detectors, police officers, and gun-wielding teachers tells students that schools are scary, dangerous, and violent places.

Santa Fe High School graduates bow their heads in prayer during a service May 20, 2018. Photo by David J. Phillip/AP.

To what extent does school — through things like athletics, homecoming royalties, or dances — encourage what some political scientists have called the “status tournament of adolescence” that lurks behind many school shootings?

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