Psychological Profiles of School Shooters: Positive Directions and One Big Wrong Turn

  title={Psychological Profiles of School Shooters: Positive Directions and One Big Wrong Turn},
  author={Christopher J. Ferguson and Mark C. Coulson and Jane Barnett},
  journal={Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations},
  pages={141 - 158}
A wave of school shootings in the mid- to late 1990s led to great interest in attempts to “profile” school shooters with an eye both on identifying imminent perpetrators and preventing further incidents. Given that school shootings are generally rare, and many perpetrators are killed during their crimes, the availability of school shooters for research is obviously limited. Not surprisingly, initial profiles of school shooters were arguably of limited value. Although school shooting incidents… 
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