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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
VIEIRA, Timoteo Madaleno; MENDES, Francisco Dyonísio Cardoso and GUIMARAES, Leonardo Conceição. From columbine to virgínia tech: empirical based reflections about an expanding phenomenon. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.3, pp. 493-501. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722009000300021.
School shooting phenomenon has attracted attention throughout the world, especially after the Columbine massacre in April, 1999. In that event, 12 people died and about 30 were hurt. Some years later, in April 2007, Cho Seung-Hui carried out an even more impressive deed, shooting and killing 32 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. This article presents school shooting as a growing phenomenon that may happen anywhere and not just in the United States. A reflection based on empirical research is presented focusing the development of school shooters in their social contexts, including home environment, media influence, and inter-students interactions in High Schools and universities.
Keywords : Social environments; School violence; Bullying; Psychosocial development; School shooting.