Homicide Expert Talks to Students

Students at Metea Valley High School had the opportunity hear how the choices they make in school can affect their outcome in life from America’s leading authority on juvenile homicide.

For the past 20 years Phil Chalmers has been studying juvenile homicide and mass murder, interviewing more than 200 teen killers and school shooters. He’s taking his research and discussing it with teens and parents around the country.

He hopes with his graphic and energetic speech he will wake students up about some choices they are making about topics like sex, drugs, drinking, suicide and bullying.

“I appreciate that someone’s saying something about bullying and honestly I see it all the time. You try to put a stop to it, but you can’t reach everyone,” said MVHS senior Levi Scott.

“Most of the times when schools get speakers to talk it’s kind of held back a little but I thought he gave it to us raw and straight forward. I think he really touched some people in the audience,” said MVHS senior Marquell Oliver.

“This generation is so desensitized that if you don’t get really real with them they don’t get it. This is the violent video game, slasher film generation. We are here to stop bullying because if we stop bullying we stop school shooting,” said Chalmers.

Chalmers says many school shootings happen because a student was being bullied. They then not only kill their bully, but anyone else in the way.

He also discussed with parents about causes, warning signs, and triggers for teen school shooters and killers like threats, talking about murders, violence, bed-wetting and animal cruelty.

For more information on Chalmers and his research visit philchalmers.com.

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