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NCJ Number: 191117 Find in a Library
Title: School Shooter: One Community's Experience
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:70  Issue:9  Dated:September 2001  Pages:9-13
Author(s): William P. Heck Ph.D.
Date Published: September 2001
Page Count: 5
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Document: HTML
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article analyzes a school shooting incident in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Abstract: The Fort Gibson incident involved a 13-year-old student who brought to school a fully loaded 9-millimeter, semiautomatic pistol, and shot at his classmates until the gun was empty. Officers, including the Chief from the Fort Gibson Police Department, arrived within minutes of receiving a 911 call about the incident. Ultimately, an ambulance and numerous Federal, State, and county law enforcement personnel converged on the school to offer assistance. The article summarized investigation of the incident, certification study of the shooter, and the school's response. The shooter appeared to be bright and well-behaved, had above-average grades, got along well with classmates, and was active in Sunday school and church youth and mission programs. While the incident was quite puzzling and troubling to the community, the article claims that it clearly reinforces the findings of recent research on school violence -- no one can predict when, where, or by whom such violence may be committed. Consequently, it remains difficult to formulate a meaningful preventive response to school shootings or to develop a profile of a likely shooter. While the urge to act quickly is almost overwhelming, it may compound the harm done and prolong recovery. Notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Case studies; Citizen reactions to crime; Crime in schools; Crime prevention measures; Juvenile offenders; Offender profiles; Oklahoma; Violent juvenile offenders; Young juvenile offenders
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