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What motivates a young teen to initiate a school shooting?

What do you think motivates young teens to initiate a school shooting? Coming from a social work degree background, this is something that is always on my mind. I cannot help but wonder what goes through this young person's mind as they open fire. For me, logically, it should begin with a search through the family history. Investigate what mental illnesses run in the family; check to see if there are reports/ traces of abuse within the family; Severe violations of code of conduct in school; check out the child's grades to see if those are interfering; and also, evaluate the extent (if there is one) of this student being bullied or having bullied someone else. Often times, it is reported that the shooter's feel the need to end the pain they have been experiencing, whether it be from bullying or lack of a home life. Not becoming socially accepted and "fitting in" as is so emphasized in the high school and middle school arenas is also a possible reason for this troubling sort of tragedy. Another question that may arise is what can be done to prevent these sort of events from happening? Maybe "bullying" conventions/ classes SHOULD BE MANDATED for all schools, including 4th grade and on... I know many feel that they are considered emotionally "weak" if they decide to seek counseling.. Perhaps we could come together and get the counselors to speak to ALL students, whether they are thinking about seeking or not and talk about the importance and benefits of receiving such services

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