Pat Elder

Pat Elder is the Director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, and also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, NNOMY, He can be reached at

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 "The bullet from an AR-15 does an entirely different kind of violence to the human body. The entrance wound to the torso is usually small, while the exit wound might be the size of an orange." (Joshua Roberts / Reuters) Views
Monday, March 05, 2018
Junior Cadet Private First-Class Nik Cruz
Cadet Private First-Class Nik Cruz was talking to America when he posted his photos on Instagram. Nik takes us inside his world. He wanted us to see his development from a fairly normal kid to a serial killer. Cruz is a product of American culture and he has a message for us, although we may not...
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(Left), Instagram photo of Cruz with an “Airsoft” M1911 look-alike pistol. (Right), the military’s M1911, a favorite of gun enthusiasts that will soon be made available for sale to the public. Views
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Cruz, Instagram, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program
A young Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland shooter, posted the image shown (above left) on his Instagram account . The date is unknown. The orange tip on the end of the gun signifies he is holding an “air-soft” gun that fires BB-like, spherical projectiles that are typically made of plastic. American youth...
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Forced Military Testing in America's Schools
The invasion of student privacy associated with military testing in U.S. high schools has been well documented by mainstream media sources, like USA Today and NPR Radio. The practice of mandatory testing, however, continues largely unnoticed.
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