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School Shootings

School shootings range from impulsive acts to well-planned rampages. Among school shootings are those related to individual disputes; anticipation or perceptions of being wronged or humiliated by a teacher or peer; gang activities; and retaliatory mass, or rampage, violence. Such shootings have resulted in multiple deaths and injuries; traumatized youth and adults; and caused grief, traumatic grief, and other mental health disturbances. At least outside of violent inner-city locations, schools used to be considered a place of safety for youth. Repeated attempts by some youth at outdoing the rampage shooters who accomplished multiple deaths and injuries have added to an atmosphere of fear, stress, and caution for teachers and students in many schools. This entry reviews some of the well-publicized school shootings (including two notable ...

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