Author(s) Diehl, Felix
Year 2014
Title Einfache Erklärungen von Amokläufen sind gefährlich - Eine Buchbesprechung von Jonathan Fasts „Ceremonial Violence – Understanding Columbine and other School Rampage Shootings“
Published in Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, Vol. 9, No. 13
Pages 728–736
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Abstract „Ceremonial Violence – A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings“, a book written by Jonathan Fast, published in 2008, was found on the kitchen table of prevented School Shooter Natalie Carpenter. Carpenter identified herself with the perpetrators of the Columbine School Shooting of 20.4.1999. She felt related to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, because she recognized both (as herself) as victims to bullying by their peers. In the scope of his in other respects appealing theory on School Shootings as meticulously prepared acts of ceremonial violence, Fast argues all School Shooters had been bullying victims. Referring to available studies and case studies, this thesis will be questioned and discussed critically. The Carpenter Case shows that undifferentiated transfiguration of young School Shooters into bullying victims offers an object of projection to potential offenders and gives reason to consider Copycat Effects in regard to (popular)scientific publications.
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