I'd read a lot of information about the tragedy at Columbine high school so much of the information presented in this book was fairly understood alrea...moreI'd read a lot of information about the tragedy at Columbine high school so much of the information presented in this book was fairly understood already by me. BUT what was different about this book was the presentation style. Obviously Cullen did the leg work to ensure that his work was accurate and thorough... but presenting it in the way that he did (in a narrative way instead of a fact counteract way) was an interesting perspective.
If anyone was interested in one book about columbine, this would be the one I would suggest to them.(less)
In 2009, for a masters level course on research design, i designed a research project to combine qualitative and quantitative methods to research how...moreIn 2009, for a masters level course on research design, i designed a research project to combine qualitative and quantitative methods to research how violent media relates to rampage school shootings.
this book was released in 2009 around the time i finished my research design program... though i was unaware that it existed. in my research i wanted to compare and contrast Evan Ramsey, Michael Carneal, Andrew Golden, Mitchell Johnson, Andrew Wurst, Kip Kinkel, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Jeffrey Weise, and Seung Hui Cho... something that the author of this book did with striking clarity.
had this book been around when i was interested in finding the roots of rampage school violence, i would not have needed to conduct my own research into the similarities and differences between the perpetrators of 8 of the most known situations of rampage school violence. where was this book when i needed it most?
needless to say, i had a lot of the background information on the perpetrators of these crimes, so most of the information contained in this book were old hat to me. for someone who had not done the type of research i have on rampage school violence and the psychology (and psychopathology) of rampage school killers, this book could be valuable.
i think what bothered me about this text was that ultimately, the author concludes with saying that it is a combination of factors that leads to rampage school violence, not just a person's genetic predisposition, bullying, home life, trauma, etc. but then only about 8 pages of this text are dedicated to what the implications of this research are. where do we go next? so now we know that the most well-known rampage school killers seem to fit into one of 3 typology? great. now what do we do with that? how can we keep our kids safe? what are next steps?
valuable, but i suppose it could have been more valuable.
also, thank you for clarifying that suspensions dont work. but what could be offered instead? Mr. Langman, i believe that you had a responsibility in the final chapter, which you failed to uphold. i'm sorry, but what next?(less)
Probably one of the most provocative books that i have read in a long time. this is a must read for anyone with children, anyone who may want children...moreProbably one of the most provocative books that i have read in a long time. this is a must read for anyone with children, anyone who may want children in the future, or for anyone who knows children.(less)
Barclay has a writing style that sucks me in, meaning i cannot go about my daily life until i am finished whatever tale he is spinning.
This book did n...moreBarclay has a writing style that sucks me in, meaning i cannot go about my daily life until i am finished whatever tale he is spinning.
This book did not let me down and follows suit with his writing syle, being fast paced, easy to get into and so full of twists and turns you arent quite sure which end is which.
my one gripe is that after 350 pages of increasing suspense, Barclay left me saying "thats it?" everything was too neatly packaged at the end. After such a page turner, it should take more than 10 pages to wrap it all up. the ending was so rushed i felt myself asking what the hurry was, and felt like the reader was being abandoned at the end. My grade school writing teacher would never have allowed me to get away with rushing at the end like that!
But i would recommend to folks who like a page turner. The story may not stick with me long term, but i liked it well enough. (less)