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Special Assignment (Children / Guns) (Part I) #113801

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 11, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Shooting of teachers and student by teenager in Florida high school reported Report introduced.

(No location given: Beth Nissen) Incr. in crime involving use of handguns by children featured; details given, scenes shown set against musical background recorded by New York City victim Scott La Rock. [Boston City Hospital pediatrician Dr. Howard SPIVAK - says teenagers are killing each other.] Handgun statistics given. Scenes shown from Goddard, Kansas, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Charlotte, North Carolina. Profile of typical teenager gun user given. ["DAVID", "ROBERT", "GARY", "CHUCK" - say guns easy to get and easy to use.] Teenage crime in Boston, Massachusetts, noted. ["MARLON" - says kids kill each other for no reason.] Incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recalled. [Massachusetts youth services commission spokesperson Ned LOUGHRAN - says teenagers' fights now end in death.] [Teenager Gary Shannon EDWARDS - describes shooting friend.] [SPIVAK - says today's youth grow up accepting high level of violence.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's follow-up segment previewed.

Jennings, Peter;
Nissen, Beth

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