Columbine Revisited: Myths and Realities About the Bullying–School Shootings Connection

  title={Columbine Revisited: Myths and Realities About the Bullying–School Shootings Connection},
  author={Daniel P. Mears and Melissa M. Moon and Angela J. Thielo},
  journal={Victims \& Offenders},
  pages={939 - 955}
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