School Shootings

International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention

  • Nils Böckler
  • Thorsten Seeger
  • Peter Sitzer
  • Wilhelm Heitmeyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer, Wilhelm Heitmeyer
    Pages 1-24
  3. Theories, Models and Empirical Findings

  4. Case Studies and Perspectives

  5. Media Reporting and Media Effects

  6. Prevention and Intervention Concepts

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 519-543

About this book


The expert research of School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention goes beyond simple "violent teen culture creates violent students" constructs to present current theories and findings, a diverse range of case studies, and examples of successful prevention programs. (Instructive cases that fall outside the general template, such as an early female shooter and a Samurai sword attack, are also included for additional insights.) Contributors from a variety of disciplines thoughtfully explore the role of media in conceptualizing school shootings and shooters for the public, the social nuances of "cool kids" versus outsiders, and the construction of male socialization for multifaceted coverage of this growing phenomenon. Among the featured topics:


  • The relevance of fantasy in school shootings.
  • Thirty-five school shootings: trends, patterns, typology.
  • Legitimated adolescent violence: lessons from Columbine.
  • School shooters and their followers on the Web.
  • The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines: a science-based prevention strategy.
  • School-level crisis management when a shooting incident occurs.


A groundbreaking work that opens up possibilities for future studies and interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, School Shootings is imperative reading for researchers in criminology and criminal justice, especially with an interest in lifecourse studies and violence prevention/intervention. It will also be of considerable interest to researchers in youth-related fields, including child and school psychology, and education.


Causes of school shootings Empirical studies on school shootings Juvenile violence and homicide Prevention of school shootings Risk assessment methods School shootings case studies School violence Social Disintegration and school violence Violence and media

Editors and affiliations

  • Nils Böckler
    • 1
  • Thorsten Seeger
    • 2
  • Peter Sitzer
    • 3
  • Wilhelm Heitmeyer
    • 4
  1. 1., Institute for Interdisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Interdisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  4. 4.Inst. Interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und, GewaltforschungUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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