Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

Why Kids Kill Inside the Minds of School Shooters Ten years after the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado school shootings are a new and alarming epidemic While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure

  • Title: Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters
  • Author: Peter Langman
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  • Page: 432
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  • Ten years after the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, school shootings are a new and alarming epidemic While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure, such as bullying and social isolation, prominent psychologist Peter Langman, argues here that psychological causes are responsible Drawing on 20 years of clinical expeTen years after the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, school shootings are a new and alarming epidemic While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure, such as bullying and social isolation, prominent psychologist Peter Langman, argues here that psychological causes are responsible Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience, Langman offers surprising reasons for why some teens become violent Langman divides shooters into three categories, and he discusses the role of personality, trauma, and psychosis among school shooters From examining the material evidence of notorious school shooters at Columbine and Virginia Tech to addressing the mental states of the violent youths he treats, Langman shows how to identify early signs of homicide prone youth and what preventive measures educators, parents and communities can take to protect themselves from the tragedy.

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    1. I honestly am not sure where to begin with this book In books of this nature, the authors too often fall prey to cherry picking their quotes in order to prove whatever points they wish to push Columbine Shooter Eric Harris left a wealth of essays, journal entries, and other writings, and it s easy to pull out a few psycho like quotes and prove that the reason Harris killed was that he s a psychopath Nice and easy for the world, since that takes everyone off the hook his parents, his friends, his [...]


    2. Fascinating insight into the minds of 10 school shooters ranging from 11 to 23 years of age, and 5 potential school shooters that the author has solid reasons to assume he deterred from going on with their plans The research is sound, the information is, as much as possible, very accurate, and the book doesn t lose itself in speculations about the shooters lives The insight of the author a psychiatrist himself is very valuable to a criminology sychology student such as myself, especially through [...]


    3. Why Kids Kill is a useful and informative book on the psychological foundations of rampage school shooters, but I would hesitate to categorize it as a breakthrough analysis of the psychological causes of school shootings Beyond the obvious fact that no objective observer can truly know what young mass murderers like Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, or Seung Hui Cho were thinking, Dr Langman s investigative resources are rather limited For one thing, he chooses to examine only a small sub set of schoo [...]


    4. I found this book to be utterly fascinating I think that in order to benefit from reading this book, you have to be aware of what the author is trying to do He seems to be getting a lot of heat for not focusing on bullying as a cause of the school rampages, but he is very clear from the first chapter that his focus will be on the psychological aspects of the shooters and not on the sociological This isn t really surprising since he is a trained psychologist, and he is speaking from his experienc [...]


    5. Angel StinnettOctober 12,2016English 10 51 Author s BackgroundPeter Langman, Ph.D is a sought after expert on the psychology of school shooters He conducts trainings on understanding the psychology of school shooters and identifying potential school shooters for professionals in mental health, education, and law enforcement.2 Literary Time PeriodThis book was originally published in 2009 In 2009 there were 7 school shootings in the U.S Multiple school shootings in previous years dating back to 1 [...]


    6. 1 The author Peter Langman said himself in the preface, I did not want to write this book He wanted to believe shootings in the 1990s were over But, they weren t Many shootings came along after that So he wrote the book mainly to describe the minds of the shooters, and try to figure out why they would do something so sadistic 2 This book is telling the stories of shootings that happened in between the time frame of early 1990s to the late 2000s, that happened in the United States The author wrot [...]


    7. Why Kids Kill is a fascinating book in which Langman provides the reader with an insight into the minds of kids so disturbed that they re able to murder their peers and teachers in cold blood, without the slightest bit of empathy towards their victims Langman s method of evaluating the shooters is primarily done by categorising them into three types Psychotic, Psychopathic, and Traumatised shooters.One thing that irked me with this book was that Langman s choice of shooters seemed less than arbi [...]


    8. The authors purpose is to teach kids not to kill inside schools or anywhere.He shows what we can do to make schools safe and homes friendly and child focused.The theme of this book is to help everyone understand why some kids urge to kill innocent people.The style of the story is the exposition because the author is explaining how people want to kill because they are stressed out and don t want to be in school or have any thing to do with those people.I don t think there is a argument because th [...]


    9. What an educational book I have taken some interest in understanding the psychological and motivation behind kid school shooter a couple of years ago and this book really help shedding some light over what s going on with these kids As a kid who grow up in a place where civilian access to firearms is uncommon and almost unheard off this book really opened up my eyes about the imminent danger when guns and firearms are legalize and what happened when it got on a hand of these troubling school sho [...]


    10. This book was excellent I read it after I read the book by Sue Klebolt, A Mother s Reckoning It explained the types of school shooters by using 10 nationally known incidents of school shooting It explored the mental and emotional traits of each of the shooters and grouped them into types It was fascinating reading and made sense than anything I have read The author is a psychologist and was working in a psychiatric hospital evaluating youth s risk for violence He gives much information on the [...]


    11. Breaks things down and builds them back upI read this to get a completely new look at potential reasons for the Columbine mass shootings and to learn about a few other accounts I was much less informed about Certainly, I would offer this up for the student or professional working on the young adult mental health care field I do not give it five stars because at 50% of the Kindle book it gets pretty repetitive and the last 25% is the notes I feel like if you want to read everything you can about [...]


    12. Also called no simple solutions So, I was teaching a class of Norwegian 14 year olds One day someone had written Dylan and Eric on the blackboard Kids who weren t even concieved when Columbine became a reference, who live in a completely different country albeit in a country with massive American cultural influence still refer to the Columbine murderers as icons, I guess, though I don t know exactly of what In Norway, we haven t experienced anything like this, but we hear the news from USA rarel [...]


    13. Excellent and insightful book An absolute must read for anyone who works in a school, parents, and mental health professionals.



    14. Before I write anything else, I want to say that I found the premise of this book and Langman s categorization of the shooters interesting He is a psychologist and clearly knows what he is talking about Unfortunately, the way he presents his arguments didn t work for me he has a lot of interesting things to say, but I feel like he only manages to scratch the surface His research on the topic is probably much extensive than this book is, and I wish of his analysis would have been included here [...]



    15. The book Why Kids Kill by Peter Langman is certainly one worth reading This book is a great description of 100% real school shootings and why they occur and how we can attempt to prevent them as much as possible Peter Langman s purpose for writing this book is to inform all of his readers about the real tragedies that happen in our world I believe that Peter Langmans purpose was clearly stated throughout the book and was the overall purpose of writing the novel in the first place Regardless of t [...]


    16. Why Kids Kill provides thoughtful look into the lives and psychology of the young people responsible for some of the most horrific crimes that have played out over our television screens in the last twenty years.Some of Langman s research findings are completely counter to what we ve been lead to believe from media accounts of these events and individuals One such exaple would be the common assumption that many children and teens who resort to school shootings have sustained a long history of bu [...]


    17. In 2009, for a masters level course on research design, i designed a research project to combine qualitative and quantitative methods to research how violent media relates to rampage school shootings this book was released in 2009 around the time i finished my research design program though i was unaware that it existed in my research i wanted to compare and contrast Evan Ramsey, Michael Carneal, Andrew Golden, Mitchell Johnson, Andrew Wurst, Kip Kinkel, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Jeffrey Weise [...]


    18. The purpose Peter Langman had for this book was pretty obvious to inform the public about why school shootings happen and what leads them to due such a thing There were 8 separate shootings and 10 shooters investigated in this book, and each one takes a close look on why they did it He points out the true reasons why and not just what the general population is informed about, and he eliminates many common misconceptions.The theme of the book was kind of non existent, as the main purpose was simp [...]


    19. This book is useful for understanding school rampagers after the fact, but the real trick is being able to understand them BEFORE the firecracker goes off, not after The difficulty is that adolescents expertly hide their true thoughts and activities from adults But parents of at risk teens need to allow themselves to imagine the worst and SNOOP In an essay she wrote for Oprah s magazine, Dylan Klebold s mom makes the claim that she has nothing to apologize for Well, I for one, disagree If my son [...]


    20. Very interesting.A fascinating look at the possible causes of school shootings, dispelling many of the myths they were loners, they had bad parents etc.


    21. I believe that Langman s purpose for writing this book was to inform many about why kids truely do kill He showed the psychological view of why many kids acted the way they did Langman wrote thid book because people wanted to know why these shootings happened The theme of this book was that that anyone could be a school shooter not just the bullied kids or the loners The repeated message that occurs is any child can be start a school shooting and it is hard to understand why they would want to t [...]


    22. This was an interesting read, partly because of its subject matter, and partly because of the conclusions of the author I agree that there will, of necessity, be some overgeneralization in a book that seeks to concisely overview the psychology of any school shooter, much less ten shooters and five potential shooters Therefore, this book is mostly a summary of Langman s professional opinion on how we should categorize shooters and prevent shootings Still, it is an opinion well worth the read.I fe [...]


    23. The author of my book Peter Langman, PH.D purpose for writing this book is to try to explain why kids might want to be involved in a school shooting He stats at the beginning of the book that he isn t one hundred percent sure about why the kids he wrote about committed the crimes they did and that he tried very hard to get into their state of mind to really figure out why they would want to commit a school shooting.The theme of the book is to try to mentally become one of the students in the boo [...]


    24. The author s purpose of writing this book is to explore why kids decide to open fire on their schools The author is a psychologist He also writes to inform people of how to notice if a kid is showing signs of wanting to hold a school shooting The theme of this book is helping everyone to understand why some children gain the urge to kill innocent people It s not always just being depressed or suicidal Lots of kids that were mentioned in this book had good lives Some played sports and had lots of [...]


    25. I just finished reading the book called Why Kids Kill, this book touches on a very probalmatic and senseitive subject but one that needs to be talked about This book dispells myths about school shooters and gives some insight to their lives I beleive this authour wrote this book to educate the public on school shooters, who is at risk for becoming a school shooter, and of course why these kids are pushed to take such an extreme action like bringing a weapon to school and killing fellow classmate [...]


    26. Although other reviewers said the info could be found in other places, I found this to be a helpful resource The answer to why kids kill is not simple, such as just blaming guns or bullying In fact, there are no easy answers Langman grouped school shooters into three sections psychotic, psychopathic, and traumatized, which I found easy to grasp However, it must be stated that even though students might be psychotic, psychopathic, or traumatized, they don t often become school shooters Factors th [...]


    27. Langman divides school shooters into 3 types psychotic, psychopathic, and traumatized, and explains which of the most well known shooters of the last few decades were driven by which types of psychopathology most were psychotic The majority of the book is spent detailing the shooters lives and psychological profiles, presenting excerpts from their journals and some input from those who knew them The tone is fairly clinical, so readers expecting anything sensational will likely be disappointed On [...]


    28. I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone While the author tried to write unbiased, he did include his personal opinion Now, I m okay with that, but the book was packed with lies and untrue facts At one point, for example, he talks about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine shooters, and portraits them as or less popular kids with an overall good life, when there s tons of hardcore evidence proving the opposite I don t blame the author for this, but with a bit reaseach he could ve preve [...]


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