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Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    The most comprehensive analysis of the psychology of school shooters yet published

    Dr. Langman's clear and logical analysis of the minds of school shooters peels off layer after layer of information about these young men until he exposes the complex psychological torture with which they lived. He meticulously analyzes the lives of almost dozen school shooters. We learn that the shooters were all severely mentally ill, and not just the products of bullying or peer isolation - which were just the tip of the iceberg. We learn in depth how these young people fit into different categories of mental illness and their common symptoms. The advice that Dr. Langman gives us all on identifying symptoms of dysfunction in our young people is invaluable. His book does not just pertain to the Columbine tragedy; it delves into the minds of the school shooters up until the present time. His website www.schoolshooters.info is also excellent, with additional research material and analysis.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    why kids kill explanations

    The author described different school shooters, their backgrounds and incidents that eventually had lead towards the shooting. They had both similarities and differences in their family backgrounds.
    The author classified different shooters based on their psychological profile.
    The book was easy to read and gives a through explanations and suggestions of why some kids end up being school shooters. It also highlights the similarities and differences of the chosen shooters in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    A must-read for educators!

    This book was really fascinating and easy to read! I couldn't put it down.
    I work in the special education field, and we see more and more students being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This book helped me recognize some red flags in the students we evaluate. This should be a must-read for educators!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Captivating from the start

    I usually research about books before I buy them, but I stumbled upon this one without ever seeing it before and decided to get it. I didn't know what to expect, but I was surprised in a very good way. Although I don't agree with everything in the book, the book in general was very captivating from the start and very well written. The author is very descriptive and is really good at getting inside the minds of these kids. I have always been very interested in this topic. I think this is a book anyone can enjoy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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