See Something – Say Something

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #189: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student who idolized school shooters.

His Childhood

His mother lived for years with undiagnosed mental illness. When he was 5, she began leaving him home alone for extended periods. They often had no running water, power, or food—he’d go to neighbors and beg for food. He missed months of school at a time.

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Shooting In First Period

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #178: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 12-year-old middle school student.

I haven’t experienced a school lockdown, but I imagine it’s frightening. Even the toughest kids most likely become fearful when their classroom door is locked, the windows covered, and they’re told to huddle in a corner.

Making it even scarier is how long it takes to hear “all clear.” Kids can be held in classrooms for many hours. There may be a crime scene to process, there may be an assailant roaming the halls, key people may have been harmed causing the best emergency preparedness plans to become derailed. Meanwhile on the perimeter, parents become frantic with worry.

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Inducing Panic

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #176: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student.

Valentine’s Day will mark one year since the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed. You’d assume students all around the U.S. knew about the shooting in record time. Social Media spreads news faster than news outlets.

And yet, with all the sadness and fear during that time, 14 days after the Parkland shooting, an 18-year-old high school student posted on social media a warning that he was going to kill two specific staff members on Monday.

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Mentoring Troubled Youth

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BLOG POST #171: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime that occurred a few years ago involving a high school Dean of Academy and a 17-year-old student.

New Job

The 50-something man was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants and had been with the high school serving as the Dean of Academy and family outreach coordinator for two months.

The newly hired Dean of Academy was known as a community organizer and youth minister in the area for decades nicknamed ‘Rev,’ a familiar face, often worked with police and helped gang members turn their lives around. 

The 17-year-old student—an at-risk teen—primarily raised by his grandmother because his mother was incarcerated didn’t trust ‘Rev’ at first but soon shared his personal struggles. Rather than help the boy, ‘Rev’ recruited him to sell marijuana.

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Cold-Blooded Vengeance

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Robin Lyons BlogSummer is a time when it’s more likely friends will have sleepovers. Days are long. School’s on break. Parents usual relax curfews.

Although the case research I’m sharing in this post didn’t occur during the summer, it should serve as a reminder to parents—never drop your guard.

BLOG POST #154: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three middle school girls.

Evil Backstabber

Shortly after the new school year had begun, one young teenager was sleeping over at her friend’s house. They watched TV and chatted about boys. The typical stuff you’d expect 13-year-old girls to do.

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