Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on April 24, 2013 @ 7:22PM
Created on April 24, 2013 @ 5:45PM
What causes a young person to kill? That question has been brought up a lot recently, especially after the massacres in Boston, Sandy Hook Elementary, and the shooting at the Colorado movie theater.
On Wednesday a man who has earned the title as the leading authority on juvenile homicide spoke to a number of law enforcement and school administrators in Monongalia County.
Phil Chalmers has talked to more than 200 teen killers, school shooters, ad serial killers. He said to stop these incidents from happening again we need to know the warning signs that lead them to kill.
Chalmers trains police officers on teen murders. He said most of the young killers are guys, but besides that they don't fit into a profile.
However, in most cases there were warning signs to indicate that something bad was going to happen. Chalmers said every killer he's spoke with has been suicidal, into violent entertainment, and was the victim of a bully at sometime in their life. He said that's why it's so important to stay on top of what's going on in our kids lives. Chalmers said if we can all do that he believes we can limit how often these tragedies take place.
"They all say to me I really didn't want to shoot up my school, but I had no other option," Chalmers said. "I'm convinced that if we get more proactive we can intercept these kids before they kill."
Chalmers also added that we need to stop mentioning these killers so often. He said that's because kids who are considering do something like this look to these folks as heroes and as a way to become famous.
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