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Youth gun violence has increased ‘dramatically.’ Where are teens getting guns?

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USA Today, April 2022

Rumors on a bus the morning of March 4 tipped an assistant principal and counselor that a student at a Kansas high school might be armed. Soon, two school officials were looking for Jaylon Elmore. He was in shop class, his backpack next to him. It was about 10:30 a.m. The varsity football player was taken to the school office, where officials asked to search his backpack, according to an affidavit.

Elmore refused, grabbing a homemade pistol from it and firing five shots, the records state. One round hit an assistant principal, and another struck a police officer assigned to the suburban school outside Kansas City. The officer returned fire, critically wounding Elmore, who is now charged with attempted capital murder. The incident came three days before a drive-by shooting outside a high school in Des Moines, Iowa, that killed one teen and injured two others.

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