Soc M138 on school shootings
Soc M138 on school shootings Sociology M138
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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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