Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings

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Basic Books, Oct 11, 2007 - History - 416 pages
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"In the last decade, school shootings have decimated communities and terrified parents, teachers, and children in even the most “family friendly” American towns and suburbs. These tragedies appear to b"

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In 1999 Congress issued a request for the study of the increasing rampage shootings in the nation's schools. Newman (urban studies, Harvard's Kennedy Sch. of Government; dean, Social Science ... Read full review

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Thank you, Katherine, for putting a face to this issue.
I have a now adult son, who was brain damaged at age 5, MVA, and had to be supervised 24 hours a day. The short version, he was declared NCR
, not criminally responsible, for a violent crime. All his criminal activities had a bizarre twist to it, as nothing was thought through or planned, he was severely brain injured.
When I thank you for putting a face to the issue, it's because there is a prejudging of parents being on drugs, alcohol, poverty etc, etc, etc.
It is a very lonely world we live in, because there are few people that truly understand.
I put myself through school and ended up, like you, to be out there doing speeches at brain injury conferences, joined advisory committees of government agencies and family support groups, some I facilitated as well.
What differs is, I could never imagine what my son could do next, I just knew it was not going to end.
Mike at some point told the judge in court, that he wished he had lost his legs so he cold not do all those bad things. The judge, who really liked Mike, had tears in her eyes.
The turn happened when he was declared NCR, and he turned 18, and ended up in the adult forensic system for 8 years.
Mike will be 30 years old tomorrow, has a girlfriend, and a baby on the way. Is this a happily ever after kind of story? No, if the balance shift, he can turn on a dime and commit another crime or commit suicide.
I hope there is a future for your son, and peace for you and your family.
Thanks again, you are a hero in my book. Keep up the good work and bless you.
Kate B
Vancouver, BC
Canada
 

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