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Volume 2, Issue 1, 2010

 

School Shootings: The Deadly Result of Teasing and Ostracism?
Georgie Ann Weatherby, Sara Strachila, Bridget McMahon

Abstract
Leary, Kowalski, Smith, & Phillips (2003) conducted a comprehensive analysis of school shootings in the United States from their recorded beginnings in 1995 to 2001. Findings involved bullying, isolation, and a strong need to “strike back.” Suicide by cop – a term used to describe a way to end one’s life in glory by being taken down in a gunbattle with police, was identified as a common goal with infamy often the intended outcome. Present results reported here (2001-2008) reflect a mixture of these variables throughout, but no clear pattern emerges. The impetus for shootings ranges from spurned romantic relationships to bullying to paranoia. Various theories of differential association, social control, and anomie are applied to explain the diverse motives. Full Article