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Soc M138 on school shootings

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School shootings and the cultural script
Death, suicide and trauma
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Date Created: 05/23/16
    5/23/16  School shootings:   Someone kills at least 2 people at school (usually done by a student)   ­Mostly done by white men   ­International phenomenon  ­Explanations: gun culture (availability and glorification of guns)    The role of schools  Majority of children’s time is spent in school, why does a school not intervene and prevent  shootings?  Explanation:  Failure of info to travel:   the way that schools are built, do not allow for the transfer  of information between people. (  Structural secrecy) →    Thus, even though teachers are trained  to spot and punish certain troublemakers, read signs etc. their information never travels beyond  the classroom. Rather than involve counselors, parents etc, teachers tend to deal with deviant  behavior right then and now . Additionally, teachers are afraid that if they label students as  troublemakers, this will lead to the self fulfilled prophecy in which students will learn to act out  their deviant role and never attempt to improve academically (basically label children as  permanent failures).   ­Attempt to maintain a child’s clean slate  ­Not trained to deal with personal issues   ­Attempt to maintain privacy   ­Information of student does not travel beyond current school   ­Violent signals such as a student’s writing assignment is dismissed as “boys will be boys"/    ertain  troubles are not alarmed, thus,   allowing for some students to get away with their deviant  behavior   C ounselors   on the other hand tend to focus on the duties not fulfilled by teachers; they are busy  with things such as college prep and do not focus on students’ personal and social issues.       Music and the cultural script.   Five factors to meet the criteria for a school shooting   1. People need to be marginalized  2. Psychosocial problems magnify students marginality   3. Failure of surveillance problems  4. Availability of guns  5. Cultural script on how to do something: a masculine solution to ameliorate an inferior  social position, and how to carry the solution through a shooting   Cultural script in public culture  People are educated on School shootings by the public through means such as the social media  and  popular culture  , specifically Goth culture→ Marilyn Manson, NIN, KMFDM. Music does not  cause people to become involved in school shootings but this music is related to those who have  been involved in school shootings ie­ NIN: Burn/the media creates a script for how school  shootings should proceed/how individuals should behave     Threshold effect  : Social processes are driven by a threshold (the number of people who need to  do something before we agree to join them). Someone needs to do it first before others do→      5/23/16  people’s threshold varies and not all will be pushed to act by the same means. This is  demonstrated by aggressive acts in public by non­aggressive people. Non­aggressive people  engage in violence when they see others doing the same→ they also see non­participation as a  means for losing status: “if I don't do it that means that I am a sissy “  Threshold theory applied to school shootings:   Columbine laid down the cultural script after  their shooting (creation of websites, homemade movies, lengthy manifestos)→ 8 out of 12  shootings that followed made direct references to Columbine shooting   Conclusion  : People need to see other school shootings before they do it themselves ie­ John  LaDue (confessed of planning to engage in a school shooting, felt that he related to Eric Harris  (columbine) [had a high threshold], found to be autistic   


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