This may have some truth, particularly with what happened in Auroa, Montreal and Norway recently. With school shootings/attack there is a side people forget, and with this I can speak from experience.
Kids are horrible, they are the worse of humanity, there are a reflection of what the world would be like in an anarchist state, or a lawless state, it is a glimpse of human nature. We wish it wasn't this way but it is. From Kindergarten to Grade 5 or 6 kids learn there is minimal penalty for teasing. From about grade 6 until grade 11, and in some cases beyond into University kids have no issue torturing other students if it gives them a laugh. Kids who learn to behave properly move on to become decent citizens usually, and those that don't end up living in low income housing working low wage jobs and some fall into criminal behaviour.
But there is the second side of it. The victims of other kids. The Kids that are afraid of talk to the teacher because they can't be protected, when others find out they ratted. These kids live in a nightmare, powerless, afraid to go to school, afraid to go out, they become isolated and totally alone during a period where do a major portion of social develop and we define our personalities.
Kids in these situations, being teased, bullied, or tortured as I was for the better part of my school life, have very few options, teachers never help an issue, a detention only pisses people off, and is not effective. Worse often teachers will try to protect the bullies as they are often on sports teams, or academic teams and you aren't you are really of no importance to the teachers, the bullies are. In my case I was actually told if I fight back I'll be expelled. I was hit in the face with newspapers, had oranges thrown at me, I even had a used feminine hygiene pad shoved in my face. I have scars on my back and my hands from where I was gouged in the hallways or class, and a rib that was cracked by students, I've had my ankle sprained, I was even in a neck brace for two weeks are one point. All from other students. The worse a student ever got? a 2 day suspension.
Kids that go through similar things, as I mention have very few options. They can commit suicide, and they do we hear about it much less then we should. In one case about 10 years ago, a young girl was harassed every day because she got into Wicca as many young girls did in the late 90s early 2000s, committed suicide at 13 directly because of the treatment of the other students. The Principal of the school actually said he didn't want the students to feel responsible. He didn't create an anti-bully group, or try to prevent future issues. He instead tried to teach these kids that they making this girl feel worthless to the point of suicide wasn't their fault. This is not an uncommon reaction.
Other kids sometimes become very better and instead of committing suicide alone try to inflict vengeance, these kids are more like the kids in Columbine, going in trying to hurt as many kids as possible make everyone know what they did, and then they commit suicide either by their own hand of suicide by cop, as a giant.. I'll show them all. Alternately they often feel I'll am better then them, will just want to commit the act, spend the time in jail and come out with a Rep, that will, in their mind, mean no one will mess with them again. (as faulty as that is)
I feel into the later, I gave serious consideration around early grade 11, to gassing my school, planned the whole thing. I thankfully never followed through as for me jail was never something I wanted as my plans for my life didn't allow for a record. I was lucky I had enough self worth that I hadn't given up. But not everyone does.
Kids don't care about the news, they don't care about CNN, NBC, Fox, they don't care about living out a movie, or a video game. They may say wouldn't it be great if I could get even that way?, but they don't go from happy happy to gunning down classmates because they watched a movie.
The go from a beautiful child, capable of anything in the world, to a child suicide, or a school shooting, because they can't take it anymore, the school failed them, parents failed them, the system failed them. They decided they wanted out, and they will either choose a public or private method to exit.
People like me, who were never suicidal usually make it through, they usually have been lucky enough to be taught or have instilled in them a level of self worth independent of others opinions. At which point, one of two things will happen they will either make it through, often with psychological problems (I assume every nice thing people say to me is an underhanded insult, that people being nice is just a ploy to be mean, I suffer from panic and anxiety attacks, and social phobias, all of which I have to work on almost 2 decades later).
I can say getting new coverage was never a thought to me. It was about revenge nothing more.
Adults on the other hand that make it through school without coming to terms with it, without realizing that even though it was like that in high school it isn't like that in adult life. People aren't really out to get you. Those are the people as adults that decided to do stupid things like shoot up a movie theatre, dismember a lover and live. In case of the fellow in Norway I think he was like the Columbine kids, he just made it into adult hood and let all the fester, he didn't have the strength to end his own life, so he decided to leave a mark, and commit suicide by cop... but he ran out of ammo, and the cops didn't shoot.
Media, looks everywhere but the right place for the answers to these things. It's not movies, video games, it's not even the media... it's society. It's us. We have to change for these stuff to change.
Make bulling something that can force you to repeat a grade or get expelled. schools need to do this from the beginning though... Kindergarten, Grade one.. kids need to be taught being mean is wrong.. with something more serious then a time out. We need to provide children a social as well as intellectual education in school, until we do that, there will still be school shootings, there will still be suicides and we will still have adults that have to live with what they went through.
I got really lucky, I had a mostly loving family, I had goals, and I moved so much, to know that it's not permanent, it'll get better. Not everyone gets that and I'd really wish the Media would clue in to the real issue... but it's not good TV to blame kids, parents, and teachers.
Sorry I know this is a bit off topic.
But I do like what Roger had to say, it's a start in the right direction, and I'm glad he stood his ground.