Overview of School Rampage Shootings

  • Deb Huntley


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the low probability of violent crime makes schools fairly safe places for children. However, violence does occur in educational settings and often the vulnerability of this population causes such crimes to capture the nation’s attention. This article will examine school rampage shootings, also referred to as school mass shootings. The role schools play in violent behavior, both as potential risk factors and as preventative forces will be examined. In addition, the characteristics of those who engage in such violence will also be addressed. Keywords: School mass shootings, school rampage shootings, school violence, youth violence

Author Biography

Deb Huntley
Deb Huntley, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and psychology faculty member at in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Concordia University, St. Paul. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, with a concentration in Child and Family Psychology. Dr. Huntley has been in academics for more than twenty-five years and has published and presented at regional and national conferences. Her research and areas of professional interest include child and family issues, psychopathology, and forensic mental health. She is currently a member of the editorial review board for The Family Journal, Forensic Scholars Today, and the Journal of Special Populations.