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Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings


reviewed by Brian V. Carolan ó 2004

coverTitle: Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings
Author(s): Katherine Newman, Cybelle Fox, David Harding, Jal Mehta and Wendy Roth
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: 0465051030 , Pages: 352, Year: 2004
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Often times when I visit schools here in the New York City area, I have to pass through a metal detector, allow my bag to be searched, submit my driverís license, sign-in with the police officers assigned to the school, and get issued a pass that has to be visible at all times. This hassle seems odd given that violence is a relative statistical rarity in schools and, generally speaking, schools are safe places (Anderson, et al., 1999; Donohue, Shiraldi, and Zeidenberg, 1998).††How did it get to this point?† Why were these organizations no longer the comforting, inviting and relatively open places I remember as a kid? † Many of these recent safety measures can be traced to the school rampage shootings of the late 1990s. The striking temporal, geographical and social clustering of these events suggested that these incidents were anything but random.† Katherine Newmanís new book, Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, explains these events by taking us deeply into the schools and communities in which... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1645-1650
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11295, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:45:47 PM

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  • Brian Carolan
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    BRIAN V. CAROLAN is a Ph.D. candidate at Teachers College, Columbia Univeristy in the Sociology and Education Program.
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