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This Happened - April 20:  The School Shooting That Triggered A Plague

On this day in 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, carried out a mass shooting. They killed 12 students and one teacher, and injured 21 others before taking their own lives.

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What was the motive behind the Columbine High School shooting?

There is no clear motive for the massacre, but investigators believe that Harris and Klebold were motivated by a desire to commit mass murder and to gain notoriety. They had reportedly been planning the attack for months and had expressed a hatred for jocks and popular students, as well as a fascination with violence and weapons.

How did the Columbine High School massacre change school security?

The Columbine High School massacre was a turning point for school security. It led to an increase in security measures such as metal detectors, security cameras, and the presence of armed police officers on school grounds. It also prompted schools to develop emergency response plans and to conduct drills to prepare for potential violent incidents.

How did the Columbine High School massacre impact the debate over gun control in the U.S.?

The Columbine High School massacre reignited the debate over gun control in the United States. Supporters of gun control argued that the shooting was evidence of the need for stricter gun laws, while opponents argued that the shooting was not caused by guns, but by the perpetrators' mental health issues.

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In The Shantytowns Of Buenos Aires, Proof That Neighbors Function Better Than Cities

Residents of the most disadvantaged peripheries of the Argentine capital are pushed to collaborate in the absence of municipal support. They build homes and create services that should be public. It is both admirable, and deplorable.

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A resident of Villa Palito, La Matanza, stands at their gate. August 21, 2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guillermo Tella


BUENOS AIRES – In Argentina, the increasing urgency of the urban poor's housing and public services needs has starkly revealed an absence of municipal policies, which may even be deliberate.

With urban development, local administrations seem dazzled, or blinded, by the city center's lights. Thus they select and strengthen mechanisms that heighten zonal and social inequalities, forcing the less-well-off to live "on the edge" and "behind" in all senses of these words. Likewise, territorial interventions by social actors have both a symbolic and material impact, particularly on marginal or "frontier" zones that are the focus of viewpoints about living "inside," "outside" or "behind."

The center and the periphery produce very different social perceptions. Living on the periphery is to live "behind," in an inevitable state of marginality. The periphery is a complex system of inequalities in terms of housing provision, infrastructures, facilities and transport.

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