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School Shootings

International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention

Boeckler, N., Seeger, T., Sitzer, P., Heitmeyer, W. (Eds.)

2013, XV, 543 p. 31 illus., 16 illus. in color.

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  • Presents an interdiscliplinary view of school shootings, highlighting both complementary opinions and controversies
  • Examines the response to and influence on school shootings by the media
  • Presents new strategies for prevention and intervention.

The expert research of School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention goes beyond simple "violent teen culture creates violent students" constructs to present current theories and findings, a diverse range of case studies, and examples of successful prevention programs. (Instructive cases that fall outside the general template, such as an early female shooter and a Samurai sword attack, are also included for additional insights.) Contributors from a variety of disciplines thoughtfully explore the role of media in conceptualizing school shootings and shooters for the public, the social nuances of "cool kids" versus outsiders, and the construction of male socialization for multifaceted coverage of this growing phenomenon. Among the featured topics:


  • The relevance of fantasy in school shootings.
  • Thirty-five school shootings: trends, patterns, typology.
  • Legitimated adolescent violence: lessons from Columbine.
  • School shooters and their followers on the Web.
  • The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines: a science-based prevention strategy.
  • School-level crisis management when a shooting incident occurs.


A groundbreaking work that opens up possibilities for future studies and interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, School Shootings is imperative reading for researchers in criminology and criminal justice, especially with an interest in lifecourse studies and violence prevention/intervention. It will also be of considerable interest to researchers in youth-related fields, including child and school psychology, and education.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Causes of school shootings - Empirical studies on school shootings - Juvenile violence and homicide - Prevention of school shootings - Risk assessment methods - School shootings case studies - School violence - Social Disintegration and school violence - Violence and media

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Community Psychology - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Medicine

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. School Shootings: Conceptual Framework and International Empirical Trends-.-I.Theories, models and empirical findings-.-Social Disintegration, Loss of Control, and School Shootings-.-Adolescent Culture and the Tragedy of Rampage Shootings-.-School Rampage in International Perspective: The Salience of Cumulative Strain Theory-.-On the Relevance of Phantasy for the Genesis of School Shootings-.-Thirty-Five Rampage School Shooters: Trends, Patterns, and Typology-.-II. Case Studies and perspectives-.-Legitimated Adolescent Violence: Lessons from Columbine-.-Jeffrey Weise and the Shooting at Red Lake Minnesota High School: A Behavioral Perspective-.-Jokela: The Social Roots of a School Shooting Tragedy in Finland-.-A Catastrophic Solution: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Samurai School Attack in South Africa-.-Unforgiven and Alone: Brenda Spencer and Secret Shame-.-III. Media reporting and media effects-.-School Shootings as Mediatized Violence-.-The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion-.-Revolution of the Dispossessed: School Shooters and their Devotees on the Web-.-IV.Prevention and intervention concepts-.-International Perspectives on Prevention and Intervention in School Shootings-.-School Shootings in Germany: Research, Prevention Through Risk Assessment and Threat Management-.-The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines: An Empirically Supported Violence Prevention Strategy-.-Indicated Prevention of Severe Targeted School Violence: NETWorks Against School Shootings (NETWASS)-.-Averted School Shootings-.-Crisis Management in School Shooting Situations: The School—A Forgotten Factor in the Equation-.-Democratic Education and Promotion of Social Skills in Schools and Classrooms as Primary Prevention: An Overview of the Discourse in Germany-.-School Shootings, Crises of Masculinities, and the Reconstruction of Education: Some Critical Perspectives.

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