School Shootings: Are They Truly Random?


Article Summary

An interesting article that answers the question that are school shootings truly random?

The latest school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida has brought back the spotlight on school shootings. The author asserts that these events really are not completely random and goes to to explain his research on timing and locations of more than 100 incidents of school violence that had occurred in the U.S. between 1988 and 2008.

The findings of the research were that the maximum cases happened in the month of February. So why February? February is the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. This day is supposed to be a celebration of romance and togetherness, but for those who don’t have a romantic partner, or whose partner has recently “dumped” them, Valentine’s Day can feel like the final straw that pushes people over the edge.

Another striking pattern that was discovered was that school shootings were three times more likely to occur in southern or western states than they were to occur in northern states. This was due to the fact that these are honour-oriented states and men in honour cultures want reputations for being tough, brave, and intolerant of disrespect.

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Words to Learn from this article:

Massacre: an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people.

Precipitated: cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly

Humiliating: making someone feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and pride.

Coveted: desired

Lemon juice in a paper cut: To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate.


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