In our last post on the topic of Spotting Campus Violence Before It Happens, we discussed taking notice of an individual’s behavior if it seems like it could be a cause for concern. Some of the behavior we discussed included threats, regular aggressive outbursts, chronic bad temper and bullying. Moreover, if the individual is displaying a fascination with weapons, violence or violent events or is showing signs of sadness/depression or patterns of stalking, those might be causes for concern. While it is important to keep an eye on the behavior of the individual in question, being aware of a triggering event that may lead to an act of violence is equally as important.
A triggering event could be something as simple as a failing grade in school, or something as big as a divorce or financial problems in the family. The subject in question will likely hold a grudge towards those who did him/her wrong, a grudge they will not be able to forget. While these are signs that may be difficult to track, they are solid indicators of what could lead to an act of violence from an individual. In order to diffuse the frustration of the subject, it is best to identify the problem(s) in question through an open line of communication.
Establishing a pre-existing profile overview of an individual likely to be responsible for campus violence is no easy feat. There are a number of common characteristics however that appear to be common with many mass murderers. They typically have a history of failure and frustration, as well as trouble coping with disappointment. Also, they tend to externalize blame and have little emotional support from their family and friends. Furthermore, they likely have access to a weapon that can cause a large amount of damage in order to seek revenge.
We will continue to explore potential culprits who tend to fit the profile for on-campus violence in our next post on the subject of Spotting Campus Violence Before It Happens.
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