School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention
School Shootings - International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention
Editor(s) Nils Böckler
Thorsten Seeger
Peter Sitzer
Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Published 2013
Publisher Springer
Country United States
Pages 543
ISBN 9781461455257

School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention is a book edited by Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer, and Wilhelm Heitmeyer, and published by Springer, New York City, NY, in 2013.


School shootings are a topic of research in a variety of different disciplines―from psychology, to sociology to criminology, pedagogy, and public health―each with their own set of theories. Many of these theories are logically interconnected, while some differ widely and seem incompatible with each other, leading to divergent results about potential means of prevention. In this innovative work, leading researchers on the topic of school shootings introduce their findings and theoretical concepts in one combined systematic volume. The contributions to this work highlight both the complementary findings from different fields, as well as cases where they diverge or contradict each other. The work is divided into four main sections: an overview of current theoretical approaches and empirical models; application of these theories to international cases, including Columbine (USA), Emsdetten (Germany), and Tuusula (Finland); a critique of the influence of the media, both in the portrayals of past events and its effect on future events; and finally an overview of existing models for prevention and intervention, and measures of their success. The result is a comprehensive source for current research on school shootings, and will provide a direction for future research.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
About the Editors vii
Contributors xiii
Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer, and Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Chapter 1 – School Shootings: Conceptual Framework and International Empirical Trends
Part I – Theories, Models, and Empirical Findings
Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Nils Böckler, and Thorsten Seeger
Chapter 2 – Social Disintegration, Loss of Control, and School Shootings
Katherine S. Newman
Chapter 3 – Adolescent Culture and the Tragedy of Rampage Shootings
Eric Madfis and Jack Levin
Chapter 4 – School Rampage in International Perspective: The Salience of Cumulative Strain Theory
Frank J. Robertz
Chapter 5 – On the Relevance of Phantasy for the Genesis of School Shootings
Peter Langman
Chapter 6 – Thirty-Five Ramapge School Shooters: Trends, Patterns, and Typology
Part II – Case Studies and Perspectives
Ralph W. Larkin
Chapter 7 – Legitimated Adolescent Violence: Lessons from Columbine
Mary Ellen O'Toole
Chapter 8 – Jeffrey Weise and the School Shooting at Red Lake Minnesota High School: A Behavioral Perspective
Atte Oksanen, Johanna Nurmi, Miika Vuori, and Pekka Räsänen
Chapter 9 – Jokela: The Social Roots of a School Shooting Tragedy in Finland
Duncan Cartwright
Chapter 10 – A Catastrophic Solution: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Samurai School Attack in South Africa
Jonathan Fast
Chapter 11 – Unforgiven and Alone: Brenda Spencer and Secret Shame
Part III – Media Reporting and Media Effects
Glenn W. Muschert
Chapter 12 – School Shootings and Mediatized Violence
Peter Sitzer
Chapter 13 &nadsh; The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion
Nils Böckler and Thorsten Seeger
Chapter 14 – Revolution of the Dispossessed: School Shooters and their Devotees on the Web
Part IV – Prevention and Intervention Concepts
Rebecca Bondü, Herbert Scheithauer, Vincenz Leuschner, and Dewey G. Cornell
Chapter 15 – International Perspectives on Prevention and Intervention in School Shootings
Jens Hoffmann and Karoline Roshdi
Chapter 16 – School Shootings in Germany: Research, Prevention Through Risk Assessment and Threat Management
Dewey G. Cornell
Chapter 17 – The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines: An Empirically Supported Violence Prevention Strategy
Vincenz Leuschner, Miriam Schroer-Hippel, Rebecca Bondü, and Herbert Scheithauer
Chapter 18 – Indicated Prevention on Severe Targeted School Violence: NETWorks Against School Shootings (NETWASS)
Jeffrey A. Daniels and Jonathan W. Page
Chapter 19 – Averted School Shootings
Camélia Dumitru
Chapter 20 – Crisis Management in School Shooting Situations: The School—A Forgotten Factor in the Equation
Carsten Rohlfs and Marius Harring
Chapter 21 – Democratic Education and Promotion of Social Skills in Schools and Classrooms as Primary Prevention: An Overview of the Discourse in Germany
Douglas Kellner
Chapter 22 – School Shootings, Crises of Masculinities, and the Reconstruction of Education: Some Critical Perspectives
Appendix 519
Index 531


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