Meet me in the bathroom after class” or “behind the buses at 3” are not new threats among high school students. Neither is school vandalism. (Students: For confirmation of this, ask your parents and grandparents.) Schools are a microcosm of society, so rising violence and disruptive behavior in schools are likely signs of the times. Perhaps Keene High and other schools are seeing an escalation of such incidents as a result of the proliferation of social media “challenges” and the stresses of living amid a public health crisis.

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