ERIC Number: ED448359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Deadly Lessons: School Shooters Tell Why. Sun-Times Exclusive Report.
Chicago Sun-Times, IL.
This document represents a compilation of newspaper articles analyzing information shared by the Secret Service concerning 37 school shootings. The findings are presented to educate parents and teachers concerning what has been learned about violent students. It was determined that there is no profile of a typical youth who kills. The shooter is neither impulsive nor spontaneous, but sees the shooting as a way to solve a problem. The shooters told friends of their grievances and shared information about the violence they planned. Acquiring weapons was never a problem, since most youth had access to weapons in their homes. The articles point to the inherent problems associated with the current response schools are using to counter school shootings. They warn about over-reliance on metal detectors, SWAT teams, and zero-tolerance policies. Suggestions are made about the importance of listening to students; how to deal fairly with bullying; how to improve the school climate; the need to keep guns away from children; and the importance of investigating when a student raises a concern. The articles in Part 1 examine actions of the shooters; discuss bullying; and present tips on listening. In Part 2 they look at schools' responses and provide additional resources. (JDM)
Descriptors: Bullying, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Guns, Listening, Prevention, Psychological Patterns, School Security, Violence
For full text: http://www.suntimes.com/shoot.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Sun-Times, IL.