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Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings Paperback – Bargain Price, May 4, 2005
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The social climates at the high schools attended by school shooters are typically vicious and hateful, with rampant sexual harassment of girls and women and antigay harassment of less dominant boys.
At Columbine High School, the most famous school shooting site studied in this book, jocks reigned supreme. The state wrestling champion, the leader of a clique of athlete bullies and the symbol of injustice for school shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, was allowed to park his $100,000 Hummer all day in a 15-minute parking space. The school indulged athletes' rampant sexual and racial bullying and physical abuse of others, including Harris and Kleboldand were given free license to abuse others. A coach did nothing when the athletes targeted a Jewish boy in gym class, singing songs about Hitler when he made a basket, pinning him to the ground and doing "body twisters" that left him bruised all over, and threatening to set him on fire.
Many of the school shooters featured in this book endured antigay harassment that contributed to their rage. Barry Loukaitis, who killed a teacher and two students in Washington state, was taunted by school jocks as a "faggot." Luke Woodham in Mississippi, who killed two students and wounded seven others, was often called "gay" by classmates. Michael Carneal, who killed three fellow students and wounded five in Kentucky, was labeled as "gay" in the school newspaper.Read more ›
This book does not really bring anything new to the table, but is worth having if for no other reason than it has a history of shootings that stretches all the way back to the 70's. (All trends, graphs and studies usually start in the 90's when the killings reached their appex.) It was interesting to see that
back then the trend tended to be "Shoot Authority Figures!" as
opposed to today's killers who tend to hunt their peers instead.
Makes the book worth having, buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard about this book, heard the author speak, on NPR news radio not too long after the Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting in October 2014. This is a tough subject... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Wood
Good overview of the problem; most importantly, the social environment underlying the perpetrators' rampages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Bruscke
This was a very interesting book that looks at different shooters and their motives for committing such heinous acts that were either due to bullying or major depression, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MOE
I highly recommend this book and would have given it five stars but it is badly in need of a good editor.Published 19 months ago by E Yarnell