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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Aaron Stark. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Aaron Stark, often where they are interviewed.

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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Aaron Stark. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Aaron Stark, often where they are interviewed.

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Dive into The Giant Pod with Andy Wrintmore.

Joining Andy this week is Ted Talks legend Aaron Stark, who's talk 'I Was Almost a School Shooter' has over 11 million views on YouTube. Aaron talks very deeply and personally about the conditions of his upbringing, and the combination of internal and external factors that threatened to lead him down a very dark path.

Andy and Aaron have a conversation that proves that even from darkness, hope can shine through. They discuss the positive aftermath of Aaron's talk, including the media opportunities that followed. Crucially, they discuss how our ostensibly mundane interactions can carry such significance to those who are struggling.

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This podcast is a mature conversation and might not be for everybody. Content warnings for - drug abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, homocidal thoughts.





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Nov 19 2020 · 1hr 4mins
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Aaron Stark | Awfully Irish Podcast #133

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In today's episode, the lads talk to mental health advocate Aaron Stark about his life, Ted talk and how he nearly became a school shooter after years of abuse and bullying in his early life. This is his story.

Oct 19 2020 · 1hr 24mins

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Aaron Stark was almost a school shooter. After suffering severe abuse throughout childhood and his teenage years, Aaron Stark planned to commit an act of mass violence. Love and kindness brought him back. Aaron now uses his story to help others battling with similar demons.

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May 31 2020 · 1hr 14mins
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Aaron Stark: "I was almost a school shooter"

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He grew up in a violent, chaotic home. He contemplated becoming a mass shooter. Now Aaron Stark speaks openly with Dr. Alan Campbell about what it took to drive him to his darkest point and what it took to save him. Watching America explores the culture of violence in our country--where it comes from and how people who've been hurt can help others.
TED talk with Aaron Stark: https://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_stark_i_was_almost_a_school_shooter?language=en
Jan 17 2020 ·

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#7: Aaron Stark; Almost a School Shooter

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Aaron Stark was almost a school shooter.

He experienced a childhood of relentless violence, trauma and being told he was worthless. Moving from school to school, with a chaotic family constantly evading social services and the police, he plummeted deeper and deeper into despair and depression. Despite reaching out a number of times, he remained mostly alone until, driven to ‘annihilation’, he resolved to buy a gun and attack a school.

An almost banal, everyday act of human touch from his friend, Mike, was the turning point that averted a catastrophe.

Listen as Aaron discusses his childhood experience, how he ended up in that dark place, how he narrowly missed an atrocity, and his journey of recovery that has lasted decades. He tells us about how surreal life has been since he started to talk openly about his experiences, and the thousands of people that have contacted him and, ultimately, how this despair can happen to any of us; not just monsters.

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Aaron’s Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/azRl1dI-Cts

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Nov 03 2019 · 1hr 11mins
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14. Aaron Stark was almost a school shooter

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Aaron Stark grew up in a violently abusive and drug fueled home. By the age of 16 he was overweight, depressed, suicidal, and the victim of endless bullying. His plan was to unleash his pain by becoming a mass shooter, killing dozens and then himself. Now a 40-year-old father and husband, he shares the act that saved his life and countless others that day, and why we have to give love to the people we think deserve it the least because they need it the most. 

Benefiting Samaritan House Denver https://samhousedenver.org/

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Sep 04 2019 · 48mins
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How to Prevent School Shootings: The Aaron Stark Case

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The Shrinks take the series on how to prevent school shootings to an end by sharing their interview with Aaron Stark who describes himself as an "Almost School Shooter". He reveals his story and how his life was turned around. 


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Jul 01 2019 · 31mins
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015. He Was Almost A School Shooter: Aaron Stark

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After years of physical and mental abuse in a chaotic and violent home, being bullied at the almost 40 schools he went to in his youth (due to the constant relocations of his drug-addicted parents), and battles with depression and self-harm, Aaron Stark reached a point where he could no longer take it.

He decided to get a gun and do the unspeakable - take revenge on a world that seemingly had forgotten him.

Luckily, before the unspeakable could happen, Aaron was saved by simple acts of kindness - by a colleague who understood that Aaron needed emotional help and support more than anything else. 

Aaron left his abusive home, got his life back on track, and how he shares his story of hope and transformation with the world.

His TEDx talk, "I almost was a school shooter", has been watched over 8 Million times, he is now a mental health and anti-gun activist, husband and proud father of 4.

In this deeply personal and emotional conversation we talk about bullying, what goes on in the mind of someone willing to take his life and those of others along with him, what we can do to prevent school shootings in the future - and much more….

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Jun 12 2019 · 1hr 24mins