This collection of original essays is an innovative, effective way to teach crime theory to undergraduates. Each essay brings an important crime theory to life by applying that theory to a current crime event or topic of interest to students. An original introductory essay by Don Gibbons explains the origins of these different explanations for criminal behavior, and how they are similar to and different from one another.

Strain Theory and School Crime

Strain theory and school crime

There already was much concern about school crime when two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shot 13 others to death and then killed themselves in April 1999. This incident prompted massive concern about school crime, with people across the country, including politicians and criminologists, asking the following questions:

  • How common is crime and violence in our schools? The incident at Columbine was preceded by several other well-publicized school incidents involving multiple deaths. Such incidents have led many to seriously question the safety of our schools.
  • How can we explain the crime in our schools? That is, why do some students kill, injure, and steal at school? Related to this, why do some schools ...
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