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Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings By Jonathan Fast Overlook; 336 pages

Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation Of School Shootings

By Jonathan Fast Overlook; 336 pages

School shootings are among the most shocking acts of violence in modern America, and yet the one question asked by every parent and survivor--Why?--has rarely been systematically approached. Fast, a professor of social work at Yeshiva University, examines five case studies from 1974 to 1999--spending most of his time on 1999's Columbine massacre--hoping to figure out what drives young perpetrators to mass murder. Unfortunately, the motives are as varied as they are tragic: while Fast faults easy access to powerful firearms as a constant factor, sexual abuse,...

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