DeBlog: Can We See Teen Shooters Coming?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

The crime was shocking. The smiling face of Michael Richard Swanson, a St. Louis Park 17-year-old, on his way to a hearing after being charged with killing two store clerks in Iowa.

But could anyone have seen this coming?

Tonight’s Good Question is about violent crime, and whether we have any ability to predict it in a person.

I know, it sounds very Tom Cruise/Minority Report, where the futuristic policeman can predict crime and arrest criminals before they act.

I wonder: when do young people flip from good to bad? Is it usually at a particular age? What are the signs? Drugs? Bedwetting? Bullying?

Why do some teens turn their lives around, and others end up smiling on their way into court? Hope you’ll tune in at 10.

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