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Denison seminar examines mass shooting symptoms

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DENISON, Texas -- Hundreds gathered at Grayson College on Friday in an effort to help prevent more mass shootings.

"If you look at the three mass murderers last week, they don't look like killers," crime prevention specialist Phil Chalmers explained. "We have this mentality that we think we can spot a killer by the way they look, and they all look 'normal.'"

Chalmers addressed the warning signs and triggers of teen killers. The goal: To alert the audience to signs that someone poses a threat.

"There's 13 causes," Chalmers explained. "Mostly we see three to six causes in each killer... at least three to six: Unstable home, no father, suicidal, bullied at school, fascinated with violence."

The seminar was attended by school officials, teachers, counselors, police officers, and parents.

"If we can educate people on the early warning signs, then maybe we can prevent those kinds of things from happening in the future," Grayson County Chief Deputy Tony Bennie said.

Law enforcement personnel weren't the only ones who benefited from the Grayson College event.

"We feel that if we can educate parents as well on what to look for... some warning signs... we're that much further ahead," Bennie said.

And Tyson Bennett, the Sherman Sherman Independent School District's assistant superintendent, agreed.

"It's very important that you understand your students and you understand the challenges they face on a daily basis," he said.

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