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School Shooting in Tennessee That National Media Did Not Report
tnsmartgirl.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | TN Smart Girl

Posted on 01/07/2013 2:30:19 PM PST by marktwain

The following incident happened at a high school only minutes from my home in East Tennessee. I am sure that no one outside of our immediate region has ever heard the story, because the only person who was shot-and killed-was the gunman. These types of stories don’t fit the narrative of those who want “gun-free zones” and so are ignored by the national media. In this case an armed Security Resource Officer, Carolyn Gudger, became a local hero and saved an unknown number of lives by holding the gunman at bay until backup arrived. The text below is drawn from a local news website, Tricities.com. The story is not viewable on mobile devices, probably because it is so old. If you wish to view it on your PC, here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/ckqfcvf Security Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger

“On Monday morning, August 30, 2010, Thomas Richard Cowan loaded 13 bullets into two handguns, left his German shepherd chained to the fence and drove eight miles from his home in Kingsport to Sullivan Central High School. Whatever his mission, it was the 62-year-old Vietnam veteran’s final drive. For about an hour, Cowan’s armed invasion spread panic throughout the school before a burst of officers’ gunfire brought him down. No others were injured.

No one knows why Cowan pointed his Honda in the direction of the Blountville, Tenn., high school, where his brother is a janitor. He is described – in court records and interviews – as a peculiar man with a history of erratic, sometimes criminal, behavior and a deep suspicion of the government. He parked his car Monday morning in a handicapped space just in front of the school’s main entrance. Second period was just getting under way at 9:10 a.m. when Ashley Thacker, a junior, arrived at the main entrance of her high school. Thacker, 16, had been at a doctor’s appointment and was on her way to a music theory class as she approached the locked doors.

She noticed a man standing in the 10-foot waiting area between the two sets of doors, waiting to be buzzed in. His bald crown was framed with brown hair. He had a mustache, she remembered, and he was holding a cane. He told her to go on ahead of him. But she never made it through the doors. Instead, Melanie Riden, principal of Sullivan Central, came striding through the locked doors. “He pulled out his gun and started pointing it at people,” Thacker said. Cowan trained a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol at Riden’s face, said Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson.

Carolyn Gudger, the school resource officer, drew her gun, then shielded the principal’s body with her own.

Thacker remembers Cowan shouting something – possibly including the words “10 years” – but she isn’t sure. She turned and ran out the set of public doors to the mulch pile in the front of the school, and hid behind bushes. “He might shoot someone,” Thacker remembered thinking. “I just wanted to get out of there.”

Riden fled and Gudger inched back into the school, leading Cowan through the scattered pastel chairs in the empty cafeteria. It was a tactical move, meant to lure the gunman into a more contained place, Anderson said. Sullivan County dispatch sent out a chilling alert: “Man with a gun at Central High School.”

Gudger told him to drop his weapon; he demanded she drop hers. Once, he tried, unsuccessfully, to lunge for her gun. Cowan repeated one thing only, Anderson said. That he wanted to pull the fire alarms. “I don’t know why, we can only speculate about that and I think everyone will speculate why he wanted to pull a fire alarm,” Anderson said. “Either to get the kids out of class or, I don’t know. We don’t know.”

Flattened against the bushes, Ashley Thacker waited two minutes, she thinks. “I didn’t hear anything else, so I thought Officer Gudger had arrested him.” She was wrong. As she approached the school, two assistant principals opened a window and yelled at her to run away. Crying and shaking, Thacker ran to her car and drove a half-mile to her parents’ business.

The view from the classroom

At about 9:15 a.m., a shaken voice came over the intercom. “Code red. Lockdown.” There was profanity in the background. This was no drill, students realized. With the announcement, teachers sprang into action – locking doors and papering over windows, turning off the lights and closing window blinds. Students huddled in the corners of classrooms, sitting in the darkness and searching for information with a storm of text messages.

Casey Deel, a 17-year-old senior, was on his way to a doctor’s office when his girlfriend, Alicia Edwards, sent him a text at 9:15 a.m. “There’s a code red lock down. im scared,” the 16-year-old junior texted from her government class. “r u serious?” Deel texted back. He skipped his appointment. In Kayla Nichols’ cosmetology class, students squeezed into a storage room the size of a parking space, and locked the door, the 17-year-old said. Ryan Kendrick was in algebra class, just off the main office. The 17-year-old senior thought he heard the gunman making threats – about not leaving the building alive and taking others with him – and Gudger urging him to calm down.

Then he heard a volley of gunshots. Kendrick and his friend, Andrew Ray, began to pray. Landon Sillyman was in his honors biology class, where the teacher had instructed students to put their heads on their desks in the darkened classroom. The 14-year-old freshman estimated the suspense lasted about an hour. But it was all over in minutes, Anderson estimated.

One hundred and twenty seconds after Cowan drew his gun, two deputies, Lt. Steve Williams and Sam Matney, arrived. They entered through separate doors and met Cowan and Gudger – still in a moving standoff – as they reached a science pod behind the cafeteria. Cowan wavered; he jerked his gun from Gudger to the other deputies then back again. The three officers told him, again, to drop his weapon. He wouldn’t. So they opened fire. Some students counted five shots, others counted six. Anderson would not say how many rounds hit the gunman.

Cowan fell to the ground, his shoes just feet from door to the library full of teenagers. The pistol in his hand had seven bullets in the magazine and another in the chamber. He had a second handgun in his back pocket, loaded with five rounds. “That’s how close he was,” Anderson said. “We all know this could have been much more dangerous.”

Yes, it could have been much worse. It could have been another national headline about multiple deaths, sparking a national outcry for stricter gun laws. But it wasn’t. Why? Because the good people of Tennessee have enough sense to place armed officers inside of our schools to protect our children.


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The new media puts the MSM to shame again. This story did not fit the narrative they want put forth.
1 posted on 01/07/2013 2:30:28 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEDEi8ZZ—E


2 posted on 01/07/2013 2:33:09 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: marktwain

WOW!
3 posted on 01/07/2013 2:43:48 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: marktwain

I shared it on Facebook, the link, lets see if it circulates there


4 posted on 01/07/2013 2:45:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain
the teacher had instructed students to put their heads on their desks in the darkened classroom.

Teacher's Unions: Dead kids are an acceptable price for the goal of keeping teachers disarmed.

5 posted on 01/07/2013 2:46:33 PM PST by gaijin
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To: RandallFlagg

BANG! Guns in school save lives.


6 posted on 01/07/2013 2:49:24 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: GeronL
I shared it on Facebook, the link, lets see if it circulates there

I'm putting links to the vid, story and that pic in a local Denver news site's comment section.
7 posted on 01/07/2013 2:53:13 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: RandallFlagg

That posted pic says 2010....

whats up with that?


8 posted on 01/07/2013 2:55:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain
Locally, we are going through the great debate of allowing some of the teachers to be armed.

If the teachers can't respond with like force, this is very similar to what the local school districts expect them to do in the presence of a shooter:

"...teachers sprang into action – locking doors and papering over windows, turning off the lights and closing window blinds. Students huddled in the corners of classrooms"...

Will this deter a determined shooter?

9 posted on 01/07/2013 2:57:39 PM PST by pfflier
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To: GeronL

That posted pic says 2010....
whats up with that?
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“...“On Monday morning, August 30, 2010, Thomas Richard Cowan loaded 13 bullets into two handguns, left his German shepherd chained to the fence...”


10 posted on 01/07/2013 3:00:42 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: GeronL

That’s what was on the YouTube video.
I didn’t hear about this incident in 2010, either.


11 posted on 01/07/2013 3:00:49 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: Repeal The 17th

lol

I just looked at the posted date. heh


12 posted on 01/07/2013 3:04:25 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain

This posting proves everything that we have been saying. The media and the left don’t care about the kids! They just want an excuse to seize guns from honest law-abiding people.

This story was available to all the news outlets. They deliberately chose to suppress it. Intentionally. With full awareness.

They don’t want the perp killed. They want more killings of innocent kids so they can “justify” seizing guns from honest people.

I know what I just said. I’m right.


13 posted on 01/07/2013 3:11:28 PM PST by I want the USA back (Liberalism is the irreparable breakdown of the mind's ability to reason.)
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To: GeronL
That posted pic says 2010....

whats up with that?

You should read before responding. It often clarifies things you would otherwise be confused about.

14 posted on 01/07/2013 3:11:31 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: marktwain

That ‘School Resource Officer’ has guts and she did her duty. Commendable.


15 posted on 01/07/2013 3:13:54 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: RandallFlagg
My question is why did not the school resource officer shoot him long before the other deputies arrived.
16 posted on 01/07/2013 3:17:45 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: RandallFlagg

I’m an East Tennessean and remember this incident.


17 posted on 01/07/2013 3:18:45 PM PST by animal172 (RIP USA)
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To: GeronL

Because that’s when it happened?????


18 posted on 01/07/2013 3:19:58 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: marktwain

It is sad to think the Sandy Hook victims died due to being in a “gun free” zone. The blood of that slaughter is on the heads of those who seek and do criminalize self defense.


19 posted on 01/07/2013 3:21:05 PM PST by TheDon (Criminalizing self defense contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.)
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To: marktwain

In her own words...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnDqTTo4nWc


20 posted on 01/07/2013 3:29:51 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: riverrunner
My question is why did not the school resource officer shoot him long before the other deputies arrived.

Perhaps she wasn't sure if her shot would put him down. Perhaps she didn't have it in her to fire on a living being -perhaps taking a life.
It's anyone's guess.
21 posted on 01/07/2013 3:31:43 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: marktwain

ALL IT TAKES TO STOP A BAD GUY WITH A GUN IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN.

Guess this proves it. Suck on it libtards. AND IN A GUN-FREE ZONE TOO.


22 posted on 01/07/2013 3:35:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: TADSLOS

45-50 years ago you could target practice with your 10/22 at the public school range.


23 posted on 01/07/2013 3:36:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: marktwain

The security resource officer was much more talkative than I would have been with that wacko. Bang, bang, bang!

That should be their mission when confronted with an armed gunman in a school. Dead, dead, dead! ASAP

Kindof sounded like the creep was doing suicide by cop.


24 posted on 01/07/2013 3:56:49 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: RandallFlagg
Most likely she was unprepared mentally to do the job that needed to be done.

I think the bad guy wasn't out to shoot anybody but wanted to comitte suicide by cop that is why he never fired.

25 posted on 01/07/2013 4:00:51 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

I can’t help but wonder if the guy was there on a mission to save the kids from whatever danger his delusion convinced him was about to happen. That’s why it was all about pulling the fire alarm.

Which is why he didn’t pull the trigger, he wasn’t there to kill, but to save. Not all delusional crazies are homicidal and sometimes even the homicidal ones are convinced they are saving the world, destroying demons or aliens.

It’s totally real to them, while the rest of us are totally clueless to what they are perceiving.

First thing I learned in working with schizophrenics, what is perceived as real; will be real in it’s consequences. Do not dismiss their delusions.


26 posted on 01/07/2013 4:01:19 PM PST by Valpal1
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To: marktwain

This wacko had serious spiders in his head, and he was known to the authorities for years as a loose cannon, but nobody took the initiative to *make* him get psychiatric control, because it is likely he would have been institutionalized.

More information. I mean, seriously, this guy gave a ton of warning before he went off.:

http://www.tricities.com/news/article_0cddce37-1170-5c05-bb7b-4403b4151448.html


27 posted on 01/07/2013 4:07:33 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: riverrunner; All
I think the bad guy wasn't out to shoot anybody but wanted to comitte suicide by cop that is why he never fired.

Could be. On the other hand, maybe his plan was to pull the fire alarm so all the kids would run between him on the officer, and he was fixated on it.

28 posted on 01/07/2013 4:34:17 PM PST by marktwain
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To: gaijin
Teacher's Unions: Dead kids are an acceptable price for the goal of keeping teachers disarmed.

Yup and it's more than the Teacher's Union that feels that way.

29 posted on 01/07/2013 4:47:30 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: I want the USA back
You can bet your life that the MSM and the DemocRATs want those kids to die because it supports
their agenda. They support Abortion so what makes me think they care about dead children when
they have proven that their end justifies ANY means to get there, to thwart the Constitution.
30 posted on 01/07/2013 5:17:06 PM PST by MaxMax (Gun free zones was the invitation to gun bans)
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To: marktwain

bkmk


31 posted on 01/07/2013 5:47:39 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: RandallFlagg

Maybe so, or maybe she was trying to keep anyone from dying that day. One thing is for sure...she put her ASS on the line. That gun of his is trained on her and not kids; and no kids were harmed, so I would say a job well done.


32 posted on 01/07/2013 6:21:51 PM PST by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: RandallFlagg

I think actually they are trained to engage and keep the person talking (especially if they feel they are suicidal). because when they are doing that, they may not be shooting.
it seems she did the right thing, the guy never fired a shot.


33 posted on 01/07/2013 6:35:55 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Secret Agent Man

30 years ago rifle was a varsity sport..


34 posted on 01/07/2013 8:13:52 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: rolling_stone
30 years ago rifle was a varsity sport..

It still is in some states.

35 posted on 01/07/2013 8:23:24 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: marktwain

The Leftwing faction of media is the Country’s greatest threat.


36 posted on 01/07/2013 9:26:48 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Says “article no longer available”

Did you save a copy?

(Why did it disappear?)


37 posted on 01/08/2013 4:05:58 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: marktwain

Don’t remember this being in the news. Must be because the school had an armed Resource Officer and that prevented the killing of anyone and the media did the bidding of their masters and didn’t report it. Interesting.


38 posted on 01/08/2013 5:13:09 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: GeronL

Uh, it happened in 2010? It’s in the article.


39 posted on 01/08/2013 7:19:27 AM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: riverrunner

He should have died between the doors.


40 posted on 01/08/2013 8:20:16 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: pfflier

Not only would that not stop a determined shooter, if there hadn’t been an armed “school safety officer” there, this guy would have killed the principal with the first few shots and the alert may not even have gone out. What if people didn’t hear the shots and the next thing they heard was a fire alarm? Next thing you know, the hallways are full of targets.

The officers who were sent by dispatch did a good job, but the onsite officer saved a bunch of kids that no one could have saved otherwise.


41 posted on 01/08/2013 8:21:27 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Don't worry about the cliff. We're going to all land on some rich guy's wallet.)
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To: riverrunner

It’s very difficult to kill another human being face to face and many people delay pulling the trigger as long as possible. That said, she may have figured there was a strong possibility she would lose the gunfight (at that range with guns already drawn and pointed at each other even training won’t make enough difference) and he would step over her body and start killing kids, but if she kept him talking he wasn’t shooting, and backup would eventually arrive and change the tactical equation to a definite dead bad guy outcome.


42 posted on 01/08/2013 8:26:36 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Don't worry about the cliff. We're going to all land on some rich guy's wallet.)
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To: riverrunner
My question is why did not the school resource officer shoot him long before the other deputies arrived.

I saw this video long ago...It was like watching a comedy skit with the two pointing weapons at each other for a long time...Like a Mexican standoff...

Clearly this woman was not physically fit or trained well. If she had been, she would have opened up immediately upon seeing the gun, and this would have been over quickly.

She was just damn lucky he didn't' pull the trigger first.

43 posted on 01/08/2013 9:08:50 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
She was just damn lucky he didn't' pull the trigger first.

Probably a lib.

That icky thing is part of her uniform. She was never going to actually have to use it, was she?

44 posted on 01/08/2013 9:13:27 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: marktwain

File this under; So damn lucky to be alive it isn’t funny.


45 posted on 01/08/2013 9:23:53 AM PST by alexandria ("If this be treason, make the most of it!" Patrick Henry)
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To: going hot

Yep...No doubt she was another affirmative action job winner. It’s something you’d expect out of a pink panther movie...


46 posted on 01/08/2013 9:27:51 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: marktwain

Bump.

Feinstine makes platitudes from the coffins of children.


47 posted on 01/08/2013 9:32:27 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: marktwain

Bump!


48 posted on 01/08/2013 10:11:26 AM PST by Carlucci
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To: dragnet2

From the article: “Carolyn Gudger, the school resource officer, drew her gun, then shielded the principal’s body with her own.”

You said she was likely an “affirmative action job winner”. I say she put her ass on the line. Who the hell knows why she didnt fire, and it didnt matter in the end, the bad guy got his lead one way or the other.

Jeez people, can you not believe that sometimes black people actually do things right!


49 posted on 01/08/2013 10:25:28 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover

Stop with the hero BS. In most circumstances and venues, if ya tried what this woman did, you’d be way dead Fred.

The ***only*** reason this did not end badly, was due to the fact the bad guy didn’t put a bullet through her head by simply pulling the trigger first.


50 posted on 01/08/2013 10:43:48 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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