March 15, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Lt. Col. Dave Grossman blamed violent media and entertainment and advocated better preparedness and tighter, armed security to prevent school violence, at a summit on school safety in Charleston.
Grossman pushed simple, inexpensive solutions at Wednesday's summit -- implementing lockdown plans, locking doors and shatter-proofing windows. He also called for more controversial tactics like placing armed guards in schools and strict dress codes that ban baggy pants.
He said violent movies and video games teach children from an early age to associate violence and killing with pleasure and rewards.
He called for the creation of no media-violence zones in schools, with a moratorium on violence in art and writing.
Grossman is retired from the U.S. Army and is a leading expert on human aggression and the roots of violence.