Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings

Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings

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Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings by Katherine S. Newman, Cybelle Fox, David Harding, Jal Mehta

A distinguished sociologist reveals the warning signs of a school shooter—and why we so often miss them


Parkland. Sandy Hook. Columbine. The list of school shootings gets longer by the day, and it often seems like no school is safe. Over the last decades, school shootings have decimated communities and terrified parents, teachers, and children in even the most family friendly American towns and suburbs.


We talk about these tragedies as the spontaneous acts of disconnected teens, but this important book argues that the roots of violence are deeply entwined in the communities themselves. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with town residents, sociologist Katherine Newman and her co-authors take the reader inside two of the most notorious school shootings of the 1990s, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Paducah, Kentucky. In a powerful and original analysis, she demonstrates that the organizational structure of schools encourage administrators to "lose" information about troubled kids, and the very closeness of these small rural towns restrained neighbors and friends from communicating what they knew about their problems.


Rampage challenges the "loner theory" of school violence and shows why so many adults and students miss the warning signs that could prevent it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465051045
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/02/2005
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 722,251
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katherine S. Newman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Urban Studies at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Dean of Social Science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in Newton, MA.


Cybelle Fox is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Social Policy Program at Harvard University.


David Harding is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Social Policy Program at Harvard University.


Jal Mehta is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Social Policy Program at Harvard University.


Wendy Roth is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Social Policy Program at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part 1
1Explosions3
2The Shooters22
3Explaining Rampage School Shootings47
Part 2
4Under the Radar77
5The Underbelly of Social Capital111
6The Stranglehold of Adolescent Culture126
7Why Kids Don't Tell155
Part 3
8Blame and Forgiveness179
9Picking Up the Pieces207
10Testing the Theory229
11Prevention, Intervention, and Coping with School Shootings271
Epilogue: What Became of the Shooters299
Appendix AData Table for Chapter 10307
Appendix BQualitative Research Design319
Appendix CQuantitative Data and Methods329
Notes335
Index389

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