Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them Short Essay - Answer Key

James Garbarino
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1. Discuss what happened in 1998 that made the world take notice of youth violence.

In 1998, there were killings by teenage boys in four Midwestern states, where the boys were not minorities. These occurred in Pearl, MS, Paducah, KY, Jonesboro, AK, and Springfield, OR. The young boys committing the crimes targeted their classmates.

2. Explain what the Chicago Tribune did in 1993 - 1994, and what Garbarino's son's reaction was to his father's concerns.

The Chicago Tribune published photos and names of every child killed in Chicago that year. When Garbarino expressed concern about his son going out, his son noted that, in the list, there were very few who were not African American or Hispanic. This showed Garbarino that the problem was, at the time, primarily within the 'war zone' areas of Chicago.

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