What happened at Virginia Tech? What do we know about such murders? murderers? recovery?
Last Monday I was working on Ask a Librarian when a student IM’ed me asking, “Have you heard about what happened at Virginia Tech?”
Being in librarian mode, I said, “Yes. Did you want more information about it?”
“No,” the student said. “I just wanted to make sure you all did.” Then we continued to talk about the events at Virginia Tech and what we’d heard. Apparently he was on his computer when he heard and needed to talk to someone about it, so he IM’ed us at Ask a Librarian.
You might want to find out what we’ve learned about school shootings, those who shoot their fellow students, and how communities can try to recover from these traumatic events. We have several resources:
Compass Sociology Guide on School Shooting
Ramsland, Katherine. (2005) Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill. p cover. Westport: Greenwood eBooks.
Staub, Ervin. (2003). The psychology of good and evil : why children, adults, and groups help and harm others Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press.
LIBRARY WEST — — BF789.E94 S83 2003
Staub also discusses how we can work on making us more giving and altruistic towards others and how to make it through these horrible experiences.
Douglas, Johns and Olshaker, Mark. (1999) The anatomy of motive : the FBI’s legendary mindhunter explores the key to understanding and catching violent criminals. New York: Scribner.
LIBRARY WEST — HV7911.D68 A33 1999 [Regular Loan]
Kelleher, Michael D. (1997).Flash point: the American mass murderer. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
LIBRARY WEST — — HV6529 .K45 1997 [Regular Loan]
Lavergne, Gary M. (1997). A sniper in the Tower: the Charles Whitman murders.
Denton, Tex.: University of North Texas Press.
Webber, Julie A. (2003). Failure to hold : the politics of school violence. Lanham : Rowan & Littlefield.
EDUCATION LIBRARY — — LB3013.3 .W43 2003
There are several different databases that would be helpful:
for psychological information on the shooter, the families left behind, the students who are friends and those who are hurting, grieving, frightened and angry just by living on campus. And the rest of us, feeling the same things because we live in the same world and are affected by knowing that such things can happen.
Another article in the Journal of Primary Prevention discusses (and this is a simplification of the argument) the limited ethical development in the family, restricted social interaction with his peers which doesn’t allow further development, and then a school that is competitive, frustrating to a not completely competent person. It is quite interesting.
Thompson, Stephen and Kyle, Ken. (2005).Understanding Mass School Shootings: Links between Personhood and Power in the Competitive School EnvironmentJournal of Primary Prevention. 26,(5). 419-438.
Education Full Text
for information on schools and education, including higher education.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
as it sounds, for information on criminology and criminal justice. This includes both forensic psychology, legal research, and sociological research.
for information about our society, violence, schools, alienation, community, globalization, etc.
If you’d like to know about what other material we have that can help us understand or help you try to help other people, let me know and we can look for information together. Remember to take care.