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The latest shooting took place in Michigan this past February where a six-year-old boy shot dead a classmate. Kayla Rolland, 6, was shot through the neck and died later in hospital. The boy was under the care of his aunt, living in a house where guns were within reach, and drugs were traded for stolen weapons. The six-year-old, suspended from school three times prior to the shooting, once for stabbing a student with a pencil, got the loaded gun from under some blankets on a bed at the house in which he was living. One might imagine that after all these unnecessary deaths, gun laws would be revised to ensure guns are kept out of the hands of children.
A widely accepted cause of the murders committed by children is violence in the media. The parents of three students killed at a high school in Padukah, Kentucky filed a $130 million lawsuit against the entertainment industry because they believe that violence in the media inspired the boy, Michael Carneal, who killed their children ("Media"). To some extent, these parents are correct in their assumption. On average, children watch television 16 to 17 hours per week, beginning as early as age 2 (Strasburger 129). Furthermore, when video games are added, some teenagers may spend as many as 35 to 55 hours per week in front of the television set (Straburger 129).
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On May 5th, 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas the West Memphis Police Department received a frantic phone call. Three eight-year-old boys had gone missing. The following day, May 6th, Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stephen Branch were found in a ditch in the woods brutally beaten and savagely murdered. With little to no evidence to be found, and only hints of some satanic cult influence, the police convicted three “strange” and “outcast” teenage boys, of the murder. These three teenagers were Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley Jr.