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Poll: Many Think Attack Possible

April 27, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Four in 10 high school students and nearly half of parents questioned in a new poll say it’s likely that a Littleton, Colo.-style attack could take place at their school.

Forty percent of the students also answered yes when asked if any of their fellow students might be troubled enough to do something like last week’s slayings at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Monday.

Two students shocked the nation a week ago when they shot their way through the high school, killing 12 students and a teacher before shooting themselves to death.

Forty percent of the students considered the chances likely that such an attack could happen at their school, against 58 percent who considered it unlikely, and 49 percent of parents said the chances were likely, opposed to 48 percent who said it was unlikely.

The poll also found that 23 percent of students and parents considered violence a serious problem at their school, while 77 percent of teens and 76 percent of parents did not. The poll said 88 percent of students felt safe at their school, while 11 percent felt unsafe.

The poll, taken by International Communications Research, was conducted by telephone April 22-25 among a national sampling of 500 high school students and 522 parents of students. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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