Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

by Peter Langman
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Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters by Peter Langman

In the horrific aftermath of school shootings, distraught communities struggle to make sense of these seemingly senseless acts. Despite massive media coverage, we know little about what drives young perpetrators or how they rationalize their acts. In this breakthrough analysis, Dr. Peter Langman presents the psychological causes of school shootings and offers unprecedented insight into why certain teens exhibit the potential to kill. He shows how to identify early signs of possible violence and offers preventative measures that parents and educators can take to protect their communities.

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ISBN-13: 9780230101487
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 366,625
Product dimensions: 9.34(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Peter Langman is the Clinical Director of psychology at KidsPeace (www.kidspeace.org), an organization that helps kids overcome emotional crises. Winner of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's 2008 Psychology in the Media Award, he has over 20 years of experience treating at-risk youth, specializing in kids with homicidal tendencies. He has appeared on CBS, BBC, and CBC. He is the author of a number of works on mental health. Please visit www.schoolshooters.info.

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Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Soonergal More than 1 year ago
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!
parentofthree More than 1 year ago
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.
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diana45 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago