Corpus ID: 16291933

Social media affects the timing, location, and severity of school shootings

  title={Social media affects the timing, location, and severity of school shootings},
  author={Javier Garcia-Bernardo and Hong Qi and James M. Shultz and Alyssa M. Cohen and Neil F. Johnson and Peter Sheridan Dodds},
Over the past two decades, school shootings within the United States have repeatedly devastated communities and shaken public opinion. Many of these attacks appear to be `lone wolf' ones driven by specific individual motivations, and the identification of precursor signals and hence actionable policy measures would thus seem highly unlikely. Here, we take a system-wide view and investigate the timing of school attacks and the dynamical feedback with social media. We identify a trend divergence… Expand
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