- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (February 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465051030
- ISBN-13: 978-0465051038
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Rampage: The Social Roots Of School Shootings Hardcover – February 3, 2004
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My conclusion (consistent with the findings of this book) is that it is COUNTER-productive to attempt to identify the handful of individuals apt to perpetrate a rampage shooting before it happens. Any such focused effort would necessarily become analogous to a witch-hunt. The targeted body (whether high school students or the public at large) would simply clam-up and avoid identification at any cost. The "witch"=hunters would be bound to produce results. So, someone in each pool of candidates would be targeted as the designated threat.
The authors wisely advocate a broadly targeted approach. We ought to be concerned about the general social environment in which students live. Address bullying seriously and effectively. Develop mental hygiene programs. There are two useful targets: students; and, professional councilors. Students need to be taught about mental hygiene (just as they are taught about cleanliness). Teachers and councilors need to make themselves available to students who need help coping with life. Potentially, a great many students (who would never become rampage shooters) would benefit from such efforts. The payback would come in the form of a general improvement in quality of life and school performance.