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The Epidemic of Bullying -- Fertile grounds for School Terrorism
sense of Jonesboro -- Harvard psychiatrist Alvin
A Secret Service study into school-shooting incidents found that most of the attackers were on what researchers called a "path to violence." CNN
Wild in Deceit Teen Violence Is Poverty Violence in Disguise -- Experts identified a 1990s demographic scapegoat for America's violent crime: our own kids.
Examining the psyche of an adolescent killer -- The Secret Service studied the cases of 41 children involved in 37 shootings at their current or former school, from 1974 to 2000. They traveled to prisons to interview 10 of the shooters, who sat for the video camera in orange prison jump suits, all acne and handcuffs, more sad than evil. Sun-Times
Heeding the Signs -- Without help troubled kids can explode.
Down Violence -- Violence means many things to perpetrators.
Perhaps most shocking to me were perpetrators' statements that violence
brings immense thrills and emotional gratification. Minnesota
Center Against Violence & Abuse
The Issue of Violence in Our Schools -- Build, don't tear down - recognize the value of each student -- Look at the profiles of those doing the killings-children who think of themselves as misfits, who have been teased, put down, and have been made to feel somehow flawed. They want to experience national attention to experience being #1! How did they become so desperate for attention? To need revenge?
The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in US Schools -- US Department of Education and the US Department of Justice have sponsored research and demonstration programs to collect data and test new ideas that expand understanding of school violence and disorder and lead to new programs to reduce these problems.
Combating Fear and Restoring Safety in Schools -- Manifestations of street violence that have encroached on schools: bullying, gangs, the possession and use of weapons, substance abuse, and violence in the community. It describes strategies that are being implemented by concerned citizens to restore safety and calm to their schools.
Killers gave plenty of warning signs
Another Littleton waiting to explode? -- Death threats and an uncaring school system convince one mother to move.
Helping set the stage for copycat school shootings -- Many troubled youngsters are nameless faces to teachers, guidance counselors, and school psychologists whose huge caseloads in oversized schools simply do not permit them to get to know their students as individuals. Rather than reminding children of recent classroom tragedies, we should be doing more to enhance the quality of life and learning for all of our students.
Where to place the blame? -- Some blame violence in the media and even sue over it. Families of 3 students killed in a 1997 high school shooting rampage in West Paducah blame violence in the media. This week, they sued several entertainment companies for $130 million, charging that violent computer games, Internet porn and a Leonardo DiCaprio movie contributed to the attack. Crime & Media
and experience mold future criminal minds. Are some kids simply
born bad? The short answer is yes, many criminals share a common
genetic flaw. The complete could hold the key to eradicating violent
crime. The idea that crime runs in families was revived when researchers
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a direct link between
genes and behavior.
Moral Development and Moral Education -- Moral education is becoming popular in the fields of psychology and education. Media reports of increased violent juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and suicide have caused a moral crisis in our nation. There is a growing trend linking the solutions to social problems to the teaching of moral and social values in our public schools. However, considerations of the role schools can and should play in the moral development of youth are themselves the subject of controversy. Fortunately research on moral development has been going almost a century.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006