Shootings by students at school
How can we predict and prevent this modern phenomenon, ask Anuradha Arasu and colleagues
- By: Anuradha Arasu, Tami Kramer, Nicole Hickey
On 23 September 2008 a student was seen entering his college in Kauhajoki, Finland. Minutes later he shot and killed 10 fellow students before shooting himself. The police had interviewed him the previous day because he had posted clips on YouTube that showed him firing a handgun. The shooting sparked debate in the media about how the police could have reached the decision to release the student.
Since the first school shooting in 1996 there have been 57 school shootings worldwide, with a total of 200 deaths as a result.1 Data from the United States show that although violent crime among young teenagers in the US seems to be declining, two areas of youth violence are increasing—school shootings, which have been a problem only in the past decade, and gang violence.2
Data from the US also show that threats of violence in school are relatively common, with one in 10