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Speaker to link media violence, violent crime

Reducing the impact of media on families to help promote student performance in school is the message behind a speaker being hosted by the Ellsworth School District next week.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman will be at the EHS Cafetorium next Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to present "Media Violence: How Our Kids are Learning to Kill and Learning to Like It: The Relationship Between Media Violence and Violent Crime." Those interested may register for the conference at a fee of $25 (including lunch) by calling Sue Andrews at 273-3900 or 273-3911, or e-mailing

Grossman's presentation will examine: the magnitude of violent crime in the U.S. and around the world; the psychological and sociological effects of interpersonal violence as the "universal human phobia"; new data on the physiological impact of a violent interpersonal encounter; the role of media violence from a model of "military violence enabling techniques" to explain violent visual imagery's role in the "virus of violence" in families; and actions to correct the problem.

Grossman is a West Point psychology professor, professor of military science and an Army Ranger who's combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor termed "killology." He has contributed to the public's understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime raging around the world, and the process of healing victims of violence, in war and peace.

He is the author of "On Killing" and the sequel "On Combat," plus co-authored "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence." He has been an expert witness and consultant in state and federal courts, including serving on the prosecution team in the U.S. vs. Timothy McVeigh. As director of the Killology Research Group, he is in demand after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for training elite military and law enforcement organizations worldwide about the reality of combat.

The workshop is designed for parents as well as educators and other professionals who work with children in promoting optimal growth and development. The school district plans to use the workshop to help staff understand the students they work with and develop an initiative in which all students will be urged to cut back on their violent media intake, and increase time spent interacting with family and reading materials. Each school will set up a related program in collaboration with parents.

Registrations including name, organization, contact information and fee may also be mailed to: Staff Development Committee, District Office, Ellsworth Community School District, 300 Hillcrest St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.