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Summary of Peter Langmans "WHY KIDS KILL: INSIDE THE MIND OF SCHOOL SHOOTERS"

In this text I want to sum up the contents of the book. I added additional information about disorders etc. from Wikipedia if necessary. As this is not an official text for school to be graded, quotes from Wikipedia and the book are not marked as such.

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1 Preface. 2

2 1. chapter School Shooters Beyond The Sound Bite. 3

2.1 Grasping for Answers. 3

2.2 The Shooters. 4

3 Psychopathic Shooters. 5

3.1 2. chapter "I Am The Law" Two Psychopaths. 5

3.1.1 One Plus One Equals a Million. 5

3.1.2 Aspiring to Godhood. 6

3.1.2.1 Paranoid Personality Traits. 7

3.1.2.2 Antisocial Personality Traits. 7

3.1.2.3 Narcissistic Personality Traits. 8

3.1.2.4 Sadistic Personality Traits. 8

3.2 Psychopathic Shooters. 8

4 Psychotic Shooters. 8

4.1 3. chapter "A God of Sadness": A Schizotypical Youth. 8

4.1.1 An Enigmatic Killer. 9

4.1.1.1 Avoidant Personality Traits. 9

4.1.1.2 Schizotypical Personality Traits. 9

4.1.1.3 dependent Personality Traits. 10

4.1.1.4 Dylan's Reasons for Suicide and Homicide. 10

4.1.1.5 Dylan and Charles Manson. 10

4.1.1.6 A Schizotypical Shooter. 10

4.2 4. chapter "None of This Is Real": Four Schizophrenics. 10

4.2.1 "I think I' an Alien". 10

4.2.2 "I died Four Years Ago". 11

4.2.3 "God Damn These VOICES inside My Head!". 12

4.2.4 "Thanks to You, I die like Jesus". 12

4.2 Psychotic Shooters. 13

5 Traumatized Shooters. 13

5.1 "Every Man's Nightmare": Three Traumatized Children. 13

5.1.1 "I thought My Life Was at an End". 13

5.1.2 Son of Rambo. 14

5.1.3 "16 Years of Accumulated Rage". 15

5.1.4 Traumatized Shooters. 15

6 The Bigger Picture. 15

6.1 6. chapter Beyond the Typology. 15

6.1.1 Beyond the Typology. 15

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2.1 Grasping for Answers

After a recent school shooting the media shows great interest in the homicide. Franticly they search for reasons and find them in form of violent video games, the easy accessibility of guns, the impact of bullying or side effects from psychiatric medications the reason for school shootings. After some lively discussions about those topics the interest disappears.

Very often the public doesn't get much information about the school shooters themselves.

The easy availability of guns has been proven not to be a very important factor. There are communities where every teenager owns a gun, still school shootings in those areas are not more common than elsewhere.

The case against psychiatric medication often is exaggerated beyond the available evidence. Most school shooters have not taken their medication for a long time before their shootings. Something else to consider is that teenagers who want to go on a rampage are often depressed. That's why they take medication. Calling medication the reason for school shootings is like saying that people have cancer because of their cancer medication. 99% of cancer medication users have cancer! It's jsut a wrong cause & reason thought.

Another factor is detachment from school and social life. Most school shooters had average to above average students. Most of them had stable social circles. They kept up their normal habits until the day of the shooting. Only 1 of the 10 shooters in the book was a "loner". Still, most of them fel.....[read full text]

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3. & 4. Andrew Golden, 11 & Mitchell Johnson, 13, Jonesboro, Arkansas

In 1998, after Andrew pulled a fire alarm in the school, they carried out a sniper attack on the people who left the school. They wounded 9 students and 1 teacher and killed 4 girls and 1 teacher.

They were too young to be tried as adults and served their time until they turned 21. They are free men now.

5. Andrew Wurst, 14, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Andrew shot a teacher and wounded another teacher and 2 students. He remains in prison.

6. Kip Kinkel, 15, Springfield, Oregon

Kip shot his parents, later he killed 2 students and wounded 25. His suicide attempt could be stopped. He will remain in prison for the rest of his life.

7. & 8. Eric Harris, 18 & Dylan Klebol, 17,Jefferson County, Colorado

Eric and Dylan carried out a complex attack involving a sequence of bombs and shooting that they had planned for over a year. M.....[read full text]

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