Today, the “Columbine massacre” ranks fourth, and has been surpassed by other “massacres”, the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, in which 26 children were killed, and the attack on Marjory Stoneman High School Douglas in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, which killed 17 One person, and the attack that occurred a few days ago at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, where at least 19 children and two adults died.
Like the Yuvaldi attack, the 27th attack on a school in America this year alone, and we’re not even halfway through the year, exposing the terrifying “nightmare” from which America seems unable to wake up.
the nature of the killer
Several “criminologists” have created a comprehensive database of school mass shootings using public data, with the killers coded on more than 200 different variables, including location and ethnicity, in a study published by The Conversation.
The scholars chose to focus on school shootings, in which at least 4 people were killed, in a public place, and the crime was not related to criminal activity such as gangs.
According to the study, about 30 percent of these attacks witness a killing outside of the school, usually of a family member, before the attack at the school, which is what happened in the recent Texas attack, where reports of the attacker shot his grandmother. home before leaving. .
Most mass school shootings were carried out by a single gunman, while two gunmen carried out the operation in only two cases, one of which was in Columbine in 1999.
All of the mass shootings in schools were carried out by men or boys, and the average age of those involved in the attacks was 18.
According to the study, most of the perpetrators of the attacks had a connection to the school they were targeting. With 85 percent of the perpetrators of the attacks being students or former students, the attack on Robb Elementary School represented an “anomalous case” of a lack of connection between the killer and the school.
The investigation, which included dozens of interviews with jailed mass shooting perpetrators, indicated that for most perpetrators, a mass shooting is meant to be a “final process.”
Most of the school shooters were killed in the attack and only seven were arrested. The rest died at the scene, almost all by suicide, except for the shooter from Texas, who was shot by police.
School attackers tend to preempt their attacks by leaving flyers, messages or videos warning of their intentions.
According to research, some perpetrators seek fame, but public anger is the motive behind most school attacks.
Their lives up to the “last minute” include self-loathing and desperation to turn to the world, and research finds that they often communicate their intentions to harm in advance, as a desperate “last cry” for help.
The study says that the key to stopping these tragedies is for society to be alert to these warning signs and act immediately.