Baker & Taylor
The first study to examine violence in small towns and suburbs uses interviews with more than two hundred people to challenge the "loner theory" and illuminate the role of parents, communities, and schools in missing the warning signs.Perseus Publishing
In the last decade, school shootings have decimated communities and terrified parents, teachers, and children in even the most "family friendly" American towns and suburbs. These tragedies appear to be the spontaneous acts of troubled, disconnected teens, but this important book argues that the roots of violence are deeply entwined in the communities themselves. Rampage challenges the "loner theory" of school violence, and shows why so many adults and students miss the warning signs that could prevent it.Drawing on more than 200 interviews with town residents, distinguished sociologist Katherine Newman and her co-authors take the reader inside two of the most notorious school shootings of the 1990s, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Paducah, Kentucky. In a powerful and original analysis, she demonstrates that the organizational structure of schools "loses" information about troubled kids, and the very closeness of these small rural towns restrained neighbors and friends from communicating what they knew about their problems. Her conclusions shed light on the ties that bind in small-town America.
The first study to examine why violence erupts in America's small towns and suburbs-and what can be done to prevent itBook News
In 2000, Newman (urban studies, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard U.) began conducting fieldwork at Heath, Kentucky and Westside, Arkansas the sites of two of the most notorious school shootings in the 1990s to look for possible causes of school violence. While her research does take into account the challenges and stresses of adolescent life, it considers new dimensions of school violence, including the organizational structure of schools which leads teachers and administrators to overlook the scattered evidence of rage in their students and the tendency in small towns for neighbors and friends to avoid communication about marginal and troubled children. The text also offers thoughts on prevention, intervention, and coping with school shootings. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Blackwell North Amer
A fourteen-year-old guns down a prayer circle at school. Two boys, aged eleven and thirteen, massacre their classmates on the playground.Baker
The first study to examine violence in small towns and suburbs uses interviews with more than two hundred people to challenge the "loner theory" and illuminate the role of parents, communities, and schools in missing the warning signs. 30,000 first printing.