Vol. 6, No. 1, 2000 Page 4&7&8


"[If] future research should succeed in identifying genes associated with an increased liability to antisocial behavior, it does not follow that society would want to eliminate those genes. Rather, the need may be to develop better means of channeling the e e trait appropriately to foster adaptive, instead of antisocial, outcomes."
Michael Rutter, In Genetics of Criminal
and Antisocial Behaviour (Ciba
Foundation Symposium), John Wiley &
Sons, 1996

"[The] fear of annihilation by `kids' in the hall or on the playground is a new phenomenon. I can honestly say that when I was growing up the thought that I would be shot and killed when I went out to recess or responded to a fire alarm in my school build ding never even entered my mind-not even for a split second. I have asked audiences of professionals and university students did they ever fear as a child that they would be shot by a fellow classmate. Always, my question is met with denial and disbelief, typically followed by anguish and sadness."
Criminology professor
Kathleen M. Heide, in a keynote
address to the Homicide Research
Working Group, National Institute of
Justice, 1998

"Learning disabilities, intellectual retardation, dyslexia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and propensity to violence affect millions of U.S. citizens.... The consequences of these neurological, developmental, and behavioral disorders a are often tragic; their familial, societal, and economic costs are immense, and the resulting disabilities lifelong. Toxic chemicals in the environment-lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury, and certain pesticides-are now known to cause some fraction o of neurodevelopmental disabilities. The implications of this discovery for prevention are potentially enormous; developmental disorders of toxic origin can, in theory, be prevented through the identification, characterization, and elimination of toxic env vironmental exposures."
National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, in
Environmental Health Perspectives, June 1999

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