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289: What if you walked into your high school with a shotgun?

289: What if you walked into your high school with a shotgun?

Update: 2023-09-1216


After facing abuse at a young age, a man develops a festering, unseen sense of emptiness that finds expression in an act of violence that would haunt him forever.

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Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Aviva Lipkowitz

Content/Trigger Warnings:  sexual abuse of a minor, incest, gun violence, suicidal ideation, suicide, school shooting, graphic bodily injury, incarceration, explicit language


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Comments (8)


its so strange getting the gunmans side. obviously not the sterotypical school shooting but still. great ep

Oct 2nd


F*** this guy. No sympathy what so ever. What did these innocent people do to you? Gun control, mental health. Blah blah. That’s no excuse. Take that gun, and point at yourself if you’re that damn desperate for attention.

Sep 28th


I've never yelled so much at my phone while listening to a podcast.

Sep 23rd

Linda McKinley

Wow! That season opener was unbelievable!

Sep 21st

Nikki Pants

Yeah, it's a gun problem. Too many, too easy to get, not enough regulation across the board, etc. But it's also about our mental health and trauma crises. Sane, rational people don't do this. To hear the pain in his voice is heartbreaking. He needed help, and he was failed, as was everyone who he harmed/traumatized in that school. His trauma is an explanation, not an excuse, and we need to stop this right vs left "it's guns, no, it's mental health" argument, because it's both. It's always both.

Sep 16th
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Tiffen Williams


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289: What if you walked into your high school with a shotgun?

289: What if you walked into your high school with a shotgun?