The Fatal Link is a groundbreaking book. This book reveals the undeniable connection between school shooters and their mother's alcoholic behaviors. The author, Jody Allen Crowe, is uniquely positioned to identify this never before seen profile of school shooters. He is an educator who gained his knowledge working in the epicenters of violence and abnormal behaviors.
'The author spent 18 years on reservations where he learned first hand the devastation of prenatal exposure to alcohol. He developed and implemented award-winning school programs. He studied the research on fetal alcohol syndrome in order to develop programs that worked for brain-damaged children. His experiences in these schools give the reader a sense of what he learned throughout his tenure in Indian education.
Crowe was a fifth grade student in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, when the first school shooting fatality in the nation occurred in 1966. When he graduated from high school, he was presented an award named for the administrator slain in the school shooting. After he became an educator, Crowe would compare what he knew about the Grand Rapids shooter with the other school shootings. When the Red Lake School shooting shocked the nation, Crowe realized the shooter had academic and behavioral patterns similar to the students from the reservation school where he had worked. The Red Lake shooter's fourth grade picture showed evidence of fetal alcohol syndrome. The media reported the shooters mother was a severe alcoholic. Not once did the author see or hear any connection made in the media between the shooter's actions and the evidence of fetal alcohol syndrome.
This spurred Crowe to begin looking into his hometown shooting that had happened nearly 40 years earlier. He was interested to see if that shooter displayed any of the same academic and social behaviors as the Red Lake shooter and if the shooter's mother drank alcohol. His research expanded to include 4 other school shooters in Minnesota and Wisconsin and one who was born in Minnesota. He went to the communities to visit with the officers who arrested the shooters. He pursued every lead he could to find out if the mothers of the shooters drank alcohol when pregnant with the shooter. He researched news stories, website, web forums, and blogs to find any evidence of the behaviors of the shooters and mothers.
What Crowe found is irrefutable. Every school shooter in Minnesota and Wisconsin fits the profile of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Four of the six mothers have been confirmed to have heavily exposed the shooter to alcohol in utero, with two other mothers confirmed to be habitual binge drinkers in their early childbearing years.
The Fatal Link takes the reader through the author's journey toward finding the link between the mother's drinking and the behaviors of school shooters. He takes the reader back to 1966 to his hometown to tell the story of the first school shooting fatality in the nation. His experiences with brain damaged violent students are a part of the journey. He tells of the guns he had to take from students in his schools who could have become school shooters. The reader will gain a wealth of knowledge about the brain damage from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Then he details his study of the remaining five school shooters from Minnesota and Wisconsin. He reveals the startling connection of the shootings of forty years ago to the most recent school shootings, including Jonesboro, Arkansas and Columbine, Colorado.
Additionally, the author studied forty school shooters in the Secret Services study ordered by President Bush and twenty-three other shooters across the nation to determine the probability of prenatal exposure to alcohol. He provides the reader with the results of his study in an addendum.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mr. Crowe's book is riveting. This is a real insight into a motive for the school shootings and other violence in America and should not be taken lightly. I too live on an Indian Reservation and the denial of drinking mothers and fathers is endless. Please keep in mind that this "link" is not just reserved for Reservations and not just reserved for the First Americans. This link needs to be read and remembered. Society would then have a greater insight into what makes our young people so violent. There is a reference in this book to Charles Manson - read it! I will be looking forward to future books by Mr. Crowe. His words are real and his message is necessary. Buy this book and you will be surprised by what you read especially if you have little knowledge of FASD and how drinking affects an unborn child and eventually the rest of society.
How do we stop the school shootings and random violence that has become so routine in our daily lives? All the metal detectors and other precautions taken are akin to putting a band aid on a hemorrhaging artery. Instead we need to take a look at the root cause and attack the problem from there. Jody Crowe accurately describes what is the underlying cause of the growing violence & school shootings in our country. This book is the wakeup call that our society needs and everyone should read it as FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) has spread far & wide. For too long we have sat back & wondered why some children are troubled & violent no matter how they were raised. Parents in this country have come to fear what could happen to their child when they leave for school every day. Will one of your schools be the next victim of a school shooting? FASD is not just the problem of Indian Reservations or countries like Russia. FASD is everywhere, it has permeated our civilization at every level, and society is paying ¿ big time. The destruction of our society has begun and the carnage will spread unless we are willing to learn & accept what the cause is and do something to prevent it. This book is a must read for everyone ¿parents, educators, police departments, and mental health professionals.