School shootings scare everyone, even those not immediately affected. They make national and international news. They make parents afraid to send their children off to school. But they also lead to generalizations about those who perpetrate them. Most assumptions about the perpetrators are wrong and many of the warning signs are missed until it's too late. Here, Peter Langman takes a look at 48 national and international cases of school shootings in order to dispel the myths, explore the motives, and expose the realities of preventing school shootings from happening in the future, including identifying at risk individuals and helping them to seek help before it's too late.
Acknowledgments Other Works by Author Introduction Chapter 1: Laying the Foundation Secondary School Shooters Chapter 2: Psychopathic Secondary School Shooters Chapter 3: Psychotic Secondary School Shooters Chapter 4: Traumatized Secondary School Shooters College Shooters Chapter 5: College Shooters: Targeted Attacks Chapter 6: College Shooters: Random and Ambiguous Attacks Aberrant Adult Shooters Chapter 7: Aberrant Adult Shooters Patterns and Prevention Chapter 8: Patterns in the Lives of School Shooters Chapter 9: Preventing School Shootings: Threat Assessment and Warning Signs Chapter 10: Key Findings Bibliography