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Why kids kill : inside the minds of school shooters

"In the ten years since the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, school shootings have become an alarming epidemic. While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure, such as bullying and social isolation, prominent psychologist Peter Langman argues here that psychological causes are responsible. Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience, Langman offers surprising reasons for why some teens become violent. He divides shooters into three categories, and discusses the role of personality, trauma, and psychosis among school shooters. From examining the material evidence of notorious school shooters at Columbine and Virginia Tech to addressing the mental states of the violent youths he treats, Langman shows how to identify early signs of homicide-prone youth and what preventive measures educators, parents and communities can take to protect themselves from the tragedy."--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2010
Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2010
xii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
9780230101487, 0230101488
School shooters: beyond the sound bite
Psychopathic shooters. "I am the law": two psychopaths
Psychotic shooters. "A God of sadness": a schizotypal youth ; "None of this is real": four schizophrenics
Traumatized shooters. "Every man's nightmare": three traumatized children
The bigger picture. Beyond the typology ; Kids caught in the nick of time ; What can be done to prevent school shootings
Originally published: 2009