Updated 25 October 2002, 18.47
The US sniper who has killed ten people and wounded three has given police a warning about children's safety.
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I live in Baltimore, USA, which is a city pretty close to were the attacks were happening. When I got to my first period class in school today our teacher told us that they caught the sniper, we all cherred. It's such a relief to know that the sniper isn't out there anymore. They are taking the snipers to the Court house in Baltimore, where I live, they have so many policemen down there it was scary.
Anne, 15, Baltimore, USA
Yeah I'm scared, especially since I live in the US and he could come to any state and start killing. I am so glad I don't live in Washington, but I hope everyone who lives there is OK and doesn't get killed. I hope no maniac starts killing in the city I live in, because I'd be even more frightened.
Nicole, 14, Memphis, USA
Not living in America makes it seems less realistic to me. But I can see why the Americans are scared, I would be too if I lived there. But as well as seeing scariness in this issue it also makes me realise how sad and sick people actually are.
Hollie, 13, Aberdeen
I am scared but we have to deal with it. My cousin lives in Virginia and we are really close. I think we can sleep now though as I hope the two men arrested are the snipers.
Erin, 12, Illinois, USA
I think this terrible assasin is just a lunatic! Hasn't America been through enough with the 11 September?
Sukhraj, 13, Birmingham
I think it must be terrible for people who live in the areas that these shootings have taken place, it must be hard for the families who lost these people. How could anyone threaten children just for money!? For anything infact?!
I'm also concerned that some crack pot in the UK will start doing it.
Helen, 13, Southampton
I am very terrified of the sniper attacks because after 11 Sept, it has gotten me more worried that the US might face even more terrorist attacks.
Addie, 13, Illinois, USA
I am so scared. I live in the US and I was just in Washington. My cousin lives there and have been told to stay away from windows and all of her activites are closed. They are constantly watching the streets for white vans. I can't wait until they catch him or her who is responible for this act of terror.
Anna, 11, Milwaukee, USA
I am very scared of this sniper. The American FBI and police are very smart, clever and strong. People are shocked and worried that he hasn't beeen caught yet. If this sniper can get away with these shootings, some even in broad daylight, then he can probably find a way to sneak onto a plane and fly somewhere else in America and start shooting there. But i trust that the police, FBI and CIA will put an end to this very soon. It is only a matter of time before he strikes again. God Bless America!
Elizabeth, 14, Boston, USA
I live in the US. I don't live near Washington DC but it is really scary. I'm afraid he might come over here! I pray that it stops!
Lauri, 13, USA
I live in the US, and the news on the sniper is everywhere. Even in school, people are talking about it. Once in Spanish class the teacher let us watch the TV when someone was shot. It's pretty scary, and I hope the sniper is caught soon.
Victoria, 16, New York, USA
I live in America, and it's scary! You hear about it on the news all the time, but it's helped make me be more aware of my surroundings and stuff, cause this could happen anywhere,at any time.
Kayleigh, 14, Wethersfield, USA
I think the sniper is terrifying. If you have relatives out there, as I do, you worry for their safety and you worry about where he will strike next.
Kim, 13, Abingdon
I am quite scared of the US sniper but that is what he is trying to do, scare us. We should not let this stop the Americans' happiness. It just shows them that they should take more care in their day to day lives.
Jayne, 12, Wirral
I don't live in America but my parents are going out there in a month and I am scared! It must be terrible for children after the terrorist attacks and now a serial sniper on the run shooting the innocent.
Emily, 10, Wickford
I am worried, but I'm more sad for the victims' families. I mean, how can you carry on living somewhere, when you know that some guy could do that and get away with it?
Nat, 13, Milton Keynes
Even if there was a sniper in the UK I would not be affected. Personally I do think that most Americans have over-reacted a little bit. The chances of being shot are miniscule. It must be very hard for the residents of the affected areas, but letting something like this affect your lives to such an amount of not even going outside, is ludicrous.
Luke, 13, Southend
Look, I would be scared if I lived in the "sniper area" but I don't. I don't see why you think all America is terrified. I live in Nevada, a longgggg way from the shooting. I'm not scared so why are you?
Sharra, 14, Las Vegas, USA
I think it's very worrying, even though I don't live there. It's not fair for the people who live there. Why do they have to live in hell because of one guy?
Leigh, 12, Grantham
Really I am glad I don't live in America but some stupid person will start something like that in England but I feel really bad for the victims' families.
Bethany, 8, Leuven, Belgium
Me and my family are going to Washington DC for a holiday next week to visit my friends. They are really scared, and so am I. I will try to enjoy myself, but it will be difficult not to worry about the sniper and what he has done to those poor people.
Bethany, 8, Leuven, Belgium
I'm really scared. I have family in America and they are scared to death. They might end up coming over here to live if the sniper isn't caught.
Shelly, 13, London
If we had one in England I would be to scared to go out and see my mates. I would like to say that I am sorry for all of those Americans who know someone who has been killed, it must be really hard.
Anne-Marie, 13, London
I am very scared about it, but I don't live in America so it's not so bad. But I am scared for all the people of America, and all the children who can't go to school.
Lorna, 11, Waterlooville
Even though it is the US I'm worried some stupid idiot will start it up in the UK. I symphatise for the victims families and the victims themselves. May justice prevail!
Lucy, 12, Northants
No, I'm not scared because I don't live in the US! But if there was someone like that over here, then yeah, I'd be scared!
Michelle, 16, Merseyside
I don't live in America, but my dad works for a news company and he's been sent out there to report on the story. I'm really scared for him.
Beth, 10, London