Corpus ID: 16291933

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

@article{GarciaBernardo2015SocialMA,
  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},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2015},
  volume={abs/1506.06305}
}
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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