Andrea Crider is being praised for thwarting what authorities said was a deadly plot. The sophomore at Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton told authorities that a 9th grader at the school planned to shoot people he didn't like. Dr. Catherine Blusiewicz, a child psychologist, said speaking up was not an easy thing for Crider to do.
"It is extremely difficult to do, because children often have a sense of powerlessness, they are afraid of putting themselves in a position where there may be retaliation or someone getting mad at them. They may worry that the person they are telling on may not be serious," Blusiewicz said.
Police said when they investigated the threat, they found a list that contained the names of people the freshman planned to kill.
"I am not sure if he told other people, but he said I was the first one he told," said Crider.
Blusiewicz said the key to getting other children to do the right thing, is to convince them that by talking they are helping.
"If we can get across the idea that the person that is planning to hurt someone else has a real problem, and you are helping them. Because the last thing you want is for them to go through with this, it will destroy their lives and so many other lives," Blusiewicz said.
"I feel pretty good doing the right thing," Crider said.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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