Adults hoping to prevent school shootings like the one in 1997 at Heath High School in western Kentucky can improve the odds by connecting with students, paying more attention to their mental health, and reducing their access to guns.

These are the key findings from a study released May 17 on lethal school violence. The National Research Council examined six school shootings in hopes of finding common threads or ways to prevent them.

The study, required by Congress in 1999, confirmed what many experts said they already knew:

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