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Teens talk about violence

Roundtable December 3, 1997
Web posted at: 11:12 p.m. EST (0412 GMT)

LA CRESCENTA, California (CNN) -- It's far from Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, but suburban Los Angeles students have felt an impact from Monday's school shooting.

One boy says he's "in shock." Another says, "it can happen anywhere you go."

In a roundtable discussion with CNN, this group of teens entertain a few questions: How have they been affected by violence? Have they become numb to acts of terror? Does violence in entertainment make them more violent?

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These teen-agers are well aware that what happened in West Paducah was not a movie. But "the media has influence on kids, especially teen-agers, on how they act and what they do," said Brian Chu. "And, of course violence desensitizes us."

"You have to distinguish between reality and phony stuff," said Geena Brozinski. "I mean, it's just common sense."

Correspondent Greg LaMotte contributed to this report.
 
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