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A quiet, New England town is rocked by the tragedy of a school shooting at their local high school. "Social Studies" taps into the lives and thoughts of the victims, the teachers, and the killers themselves. A hard look at the social lives of the American high school student and what would drive them to decide to take life, even if it is their own.
How did it get this bad? Bad, I can’t think of anything worse. I never thought in my life I would kill a kid. Kill, but you did not murder; it was self-defense. Still, to see someone’s lights go out because of your actions brings so much guilt, the circumstances are insignificant—Well, you can’t think of that now. You got to think about what you’re going to do now. Try to get out of here alive. How, by wallowing in guilt? No. Will you kill again, if you must? If I must. Then you’re ready, now get going. And if you live the rest of your days with remorse for what you did today, than you were lucky.