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Movie Seen As Factor in Shootings

December 4, 1997

WEST PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) _ A prosecutor said today that a 14-year-old charged with gunning down classmates at a western Kentucky high school could have been influenced by a movie’s depiction of a young man killing a teacher and students.

``These movies are a factor. People come up with some of these ideas,″ said Commonwealth’s Attorney Timothy Kaltenbach.

He said the movie was ``The Basketball Diaries,″ a 1995 film based on the life of Jim Carroll, a high school basketball player who turned to drugs and violence.

The film includes a dream scene, in which Carroll shoots classmates and a teacher, and several scenes depict religion in a negative light.

Kaltenbach said the alleged shooter at Health High School, Michael Carneal, had mentioned to investigators that he had seen the school schooting scene in ``The Basketball Diaries.″

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