Exploring school rampage shootings: Research, theory, and policy

  title={Exploring school rampage shootings: Research, theory, and policy},
  author={Michael Rocque},
  journal={The Social Science Journal},
  pages={304 - 313}
  • M. Rocque
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Sociology
  • The Social Science Journal
In Search of Meaning: Are School Rampage Shootings Random and Senseless Violence?
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The Contextual Correlates of School Shootings
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The Menace of School Shootings in America
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The Connection between Media and Scholarly Reports on Rampage School Shootings
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Social Solidarity and Fear of Crime - Community and Individual Approaches in Responses to Mass Violence after School Shootings
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Mass Shootings in Rural American Schools
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Research in School Shootings
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"Being Down" Challenging Violence In Urban Schools
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What Can Be Done About School Shootings?
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Mass Shootings in Schools
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