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Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence
TABLE 8-1 Stages in the Development and Aftermath of the Incident
Factors Leading To Incidents
Durable Conditons That Create Potential For Violent Incident
Micro/Social, Situational Processes That Transform Potential Into Act
Culture of violence
Weak faculty/student relations
Poor physical security
Arbitrary disciplinary actions
Unexpected negative feedback
Local Youth Culture
Audience for violence
Low cognitive functioning
Acute feelings of inadequacy
Fear and rage
against the person who ended up doing the shooting. There were even intimate, local encouragements for the shootings to occur, in the sense that there was a youthful audience that knew about the dispute, understood the rules by which such disputes could be settled, and would have viewed the reluctance of the shooter to act as an invitation to degrade his status and make him a victim because of his reluctance to use force to defend his status and, in one case, the status of his brother.
The four suburban and rural incidents lacked this coherence and social clarity. That is not to say that these shooters didn’t have their reasons to shoot. Like the inner-city shooters, the suburban and rural shooters