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karenmary
10-01-2006, 04:23 AM
That has been involved in a high school shooting? I've got a nugget from a publisher that if I can do a profile on someone who has experienced this first hand, they'd be interested in a piece from me ... now all I have to do is figure out how to go about finding that subject and I have no idea how. I don't live in Colorado (like, nowhere near Colorado). I don't have a teen and I'm far from my own teenage years ...

Help!

KML

Birol
10-01-2006, 04:56 AM
Can you get access to any newspaper stories that might have published some of the names or the names of the schools?

You could always contact the administration of the schools mentioned, explain what you need and why, and perhaps they would help you out.

Fern
10-01-2006, 05:32 AM
Enter "school shootings" in your search engine and you'll come up with lots of places where one has occurred. I got Mississippi, Oregon & several others.

Try this link. . .it gives a map of school shootings:

http://www.keystosaferschools.com/Map_School_Shootings.htm

jdkiggins
10-01-2006, 05:43 AM
Here's a listing of recent school shootings. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777958.html

There was one near where I live this past week. It happened at a college. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_duquesne_players_shot

Google your area and I'm sure you'll find a few. It's unfortunate, but shootings are going on everywhere.

Are you looking for subjects in the Colorado area or a different area?

karenmary
10-01-2006, 06:36 AM
Thanks for this guys. I'll quote the editor exactly: "If we could find a teenager who went to one of the school that experienced this and has a compelling story ..."

So now I want to find exactly who that person might be ... !!!

JennaGlatzer
10-01-2006, 10:33 AM
I Google weird things when looking for specific types of people to interview.

I just tried "shooting at my school" and found a number of students talking about a shooting at Dawson College (Montreal):

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic.php?id=568994

http://musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=51908&start=0

http://www.ubpn.org/messageboard/thread.jspa?threadID=15192&messageID=120677

http://jesterz-dance.deviantart.com/

Here's one who doesn't say where she's from:

http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts5336334.aspx

This one's also about Dawson, but a few posts down, someone says there was a shooting at his school in 1997: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=83907

(I stopped on page 2.)

If it were me, I'd try Googling lots of phrases that a teen might type if they'd just been in a situation like this. Imagine what they'd write if they were on a message board, or their own blog. "Someone got killed at my school," "brought a gun to my school," "got shot at my school," "murder at my school," etc. Then I'd click through to their profiles, or contact info, and try every which way to e-mail them to ask if they'd consent to an interview. (Of course, once you have someone, fact-check it to make sure that the shooting really did take place, and if possible, get confirmation from a school administrator that this person was a student there. Teens do some weird stuff for attention, so ya never know!)

Also, check with your editor to see if she has any restrictions... the Dawson students are a good bet because there are so many talking about this online, but you'd have to know that your editor would be OK with the fact that (a) they're college students, not high school, and (b) they're in Montreal-- I assume the publication you're writing for is in the U.S. Sometimes that matters to editors, sometimes it doesn't.

karenmary
10-01-2006, 04:14 PM
You guys are amazing. Truly, truly amazing.

Good thing I slept last night ... but did any of you??????

Birol
10-02-2006, 12:48 AM
Sleep? I don't believe I'm familiar with that term.

Oh. Right. That's the thing I'm going to do when I'm dead.

britwrit
10-03-2006, 03:37 PM
The press offices at various gun-control lobbying groups in your area. I know absolutely nothing about this subject but I bet there are some survivors who go around giving talks to schools and the like.