I'm torn between…

this: “[Michelle Obama] talks on the campaign trail about high school advisers who tried to dissuade her from applying to Princeton because they thought her scores were not good enough. (She graduated with honors in sociology in 1985.)”

and this: “The man who opened fire on students in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University was described by police on Friday as a 27-year-old former sociology student there who had been highly regarded, but who had begun to act erratic after he stopped taking medication….When Mr. Kazmierczak was a graduate student in sociology at the university, he appeared to be a model student, earning a Dean’s award in 2006.”

The repetition of high school and college shootings over a number of years has failed to make them any less gut-wrenching for me.

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