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In the United States and elsewhere, acts of violence have occurred on educational campuses, including public and private schools and colleges, causing extraordinary trauma. For example, a mass shooting on February 14, 2008, on the campus of Northern Illinois University 50 miles east of Chicago caused deaths and injuries. In April 2007, a mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute claimed more than 30 lives. During the preceding years, a number of deadly shootings occurred on high school campuses in Colorado, Kentucky, and Arkansas. All these incidents involved young men who wanted to kill others, fellow students of their own age.

What could cause a youth of any age to suddenly take the life of another? Rampage shootings force civilized society to face this question and a ...

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