Sociology School Shootings

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School shootings are sadly not a new phenomenon in the United States, but in fact there has been many more than we would like. However, though we cannot fully comprehend what may be going on through the shooters head at the time, we know that there are several mitigating factors that lead up to the events of that day. Typically, the shooter or shooters were individuals who felt like outcast and had underlying issues that caused them to snap, whether that be depression or family issues at home. For us to understand all the events that took place before the shooting, a retrospective assessment can be done. For instance, we can use the shooting of Chardon High School, that took place in 2012 by T.J. Lane. Now, a retrospective assessment looks…show more content…
Personality dynamics can consist of an individual management of stress and conflicts, their expression of anger, and their ability to emphasize with others. (Burgess, Regehr, & Roberts, 2013). Next, family dynamics typically describe the ability of family to provide support and stability (Burgess, Regehr, & Roberts, 2013). In the scenario, T.J was brought into a broken home and was not able to develop a proper bond with neither his mother nor his father. In his upbringing, T.J. saw signs of domestic violence and drug use, that could have caused T.J. as a child to have potentially blamed himself, felt anxious, and even slight confusion to what was happening between his mother and father. Not only that but T.J. was removed from his home and later placed with his grandparents. As T.J. grew older, he had many friends in middle school but as the years progressed, he became more of an outcast and had no one. Essentially, this effected T.J. school dynamics because he was teased by his fellow classmates, which changed the culture, rules and roles of others (Burgess, Regehr, & Roberts, 2013). Finally, social dynamic refers to issues related to a larger society (Burgess, Regehr, & Roberts, 2013). In this sense, in the scenario where it discussed T.J. engaging in target practice and obtaining an illegal firearm makes reference of
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