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The most judged woman in America - Politico

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In the process, though, behavior we would expect and hardly notice in a man is being portrayed as freakish and problematic in a woman.
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This article expresses feminism which is becoming more and more popular than it was in the 1950's. I agree in that many outlets of society such as media i.e. television commercials, movies, etc. are teaching children at a young age where exactly women and men should be placed and labeled. For instance, in the early 1990's there was a bulletin board in large cities with a photo of a little boy looking up a lady's skirt. This was seen as "cute" and was acceptable because society says so. In contrast, if the bulletin board showed a photo of a little girl unzipping an older man's pants that would be seen as appalling and would not be accepted.

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Rich Teen Gets Probation For Killing 4 Pedestrians While Driving Drunk

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas teen from an affluent family was sentenced to probation this week after he killed four pedestrians when he lost control of his speeding pickup truck while driving drunk, a punishment that outraged the victims'...

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This article is interesting in that an individual is able to "get off" on the mere fact of his race. His image makes is seem as if he did not do so much damage of that of a person of color. The same deviant act made by a person of color would ultimately result in the maximum prison sentence with no hope of rehabilitation or continuing their life a meaningful. What does this article say not only about Whites, but about the Upper Class?

 

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Erin Madden's comment, January 28, 2014 11:25 AM
Kathy Febo's comments: This is power of the rich and the law labeling a rich white kid more valuable than a if a black kid was to have committed this crime the outcome would have been different. This in my opinion is an example of Differential Association Theory. This kind of unfairness is repeated every day in the land of the free.
Shayla Neeley's comment, January 28, 2014 1:46 PM
<br>I also do not believe that this had anything to do with social control. I believe that the kid was raised in a way where he knew right from wrong. In my own opinion, I think that the parents might have lacked discipline in the household because of his actions. I do believe that money had a lot to do with the way he was sentenced because the parents could afford rehabilitation when other people in the same situation might not be able to which gave him a way out. Also, I think incarceration would have been the best way to "rehab" the 16 year old, because I feel like he is given a lighter sentence when he KILLED four other people. I think that he should've been facing a harder conviction but I do believe money can always get a person out of a situation. In this case, money is power.
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Suspect accused of raping, beating 4-month-old child makes court appearance

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Albuquerque police said a 4-month-old girl who was beaten and raped may not survive.

Via Amanda Lynn Nawrocki
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This is by far one of the most nationally recognized act of deviant behavior. Any violent act against a child, especially a baby, automatically labels the offender as a person that needs to be punished to the full extent. Incidents like these are shocking and society always poses the question, "Why would that person do that? Who could do such a thing?" Violence will and always be dubbed a deviant act and in this case there is no sympathy towards the offender. When it comes time for the offender to spend their time in prison, that offender will even be an outsider among other offenders in prisons due to the offender's extreme deviant act.

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Kathy Febo's comment, February 11, 2014 12:54 PM
This is a sad commentary on our society today. And the reason social control exist I don’t care what the legal excuse his lawyer will come up with.
Faith Suazo's comment, February 11, 2014 4:54 PM
This is outrageous. Personally I do not have any children yet, so I do not know how the family of this little girl is feeling. One thing that upsets me is the fact that they have not made themselves easily accessible considering the situation. Stress is not an excusable defense for the abuse and rape of this young child. In my opinion, this man should be given indefinite jail time, sexual predator registration, and a large fine. From the perspective of a future law enforcement officer, I believe our punishments are not strict enough.
Erin Madden's comment, February 12, 2014 11:06 AM
It's interesting to compare this article and the article posted by Ryley. This article has no mention of the agents of social control (police and child services) dragging their feet on this case. But Ryley's article discusses how CYFD visited multiple times, yet the child still continued to face abuse and neglect. This article even has a quote about how great the agents of social control are, "Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department. "Calls like this always effect officers and the unsung heroes of this department are the Crimes Against Children Unit. They see this all the time, day in, day out."" Interesting how different media sites take very different perspectives on the capability of the agents of social control in this case.
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6 Tips for Interracial Couples Who Get Stares and Weird Comments - The Root

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Plus, she adds, interracial couples, from a sociological perspective, are still considered “deviant.” The result?
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This article showcases the subjective reactions towards people who are an interracial couple. This is seen as deviant behavior in some societies, but not in all. This deviant behavior is becoming to be more accepted, but it still is looked upon as deviant behavior, such as tattoos. It also sheds light on labeling these couples as going against the norm. This behavior does not pose harm, but it may pose harm to the couple if they are threatened by the group that labels this behavior as not being accepted.

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Erin Madden's comment, February 12, 2014 10:36 AM
Great points, Melissa. Even though people increasingly are ok with interracial couples, there are still subtle ways in which interracial dating is still stigmatized. The author lists some of the negative attention interracial couples get. Most often this comes in the form of stares and too much attention for just walking around and interacting as a couple in certain public spaces. One of the spaces mentioned was country music concerts. Are there any other spaces interracial couples may get too much unwanted attention? Spaces with many upper class white people, like country clubs, come to mind for me. Social control may look different today when it comes to interracial couples than in the past. Before the legalization of interracial marriage in 1967 (although some states legalized it earlier), what did social control of interracial couples look like?
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Heroes of Change Looks Into Amadu Mohammed & Lila Djaba Lives - spyghana.com

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The club also provides guidance and counseling to the youth on the need to avoid deviant behavior.
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I think this ties in with the informal social control towards deviant behavior. I also think that this would also involve the positivist of preventing deviant behavior through commitment bonds. Through this religion or standards, the younger generations will be introduced to informal social controlled environment that will identify what initially outlines deviant behavior.  This club will showcase the social relationship that people will value enough not to want to risk by committing deviant acts.

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New Mexico state police officer caught having sex on hood of car while in uniform is fired

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A kinky cop in New Mexico who was caught having sex with a woman on the hood of a Honda has been fired, state police said.
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This is deviant behavior obviously due to his sexual act in his uniform and as well as acting it in a public place. This article places the officer's uniform as making it seem as though an officer may do as  they please. If this footage was not captured, this officer may still have been employed. In addition, who knows what other acts labeled as "deviant" he may been performed.

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Want to Help Marginalized Students Improve in Schools? Stop “Stop and Frisk” (and other punitive practices, too). » Sociology Lens

Want to Help Marginalized Students Improve in Schools? Stop “Stop and Frisk” (and other punitive practices, too). » Sociology Lens | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
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I think this article makes light on how government forces, such as law enforcement, is able to abuse their power. I think all local communities either rely or do not rely on the policing theory to make a "safer" community. Much of the misconception of being a part of law enforcement is the ethics that were promised to be followed upon completing the academy, but some law enforcement personnel take advantage of their power and think it's appropriate to apply race as probable cause for putting someone in custody or questioning their actions. Cameras have been implemented, but people still raise questions if that violates a person's personal freedom.

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The school-to-prison pipeline: By the numbers | Al Jazeera America

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It's what some call "one of the greatest civil rights challenges today," and it's found across the country

Via Erin Madden
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I think this one of the biggest problems our society faces today. How the school systems presents its logic of how to "deal" with a "deviant student" is outrageous. Not only does it not address the issue head on, but it quickly provokes a hopelessness for both the family and the child. Sending a deviant child away send the message of "out of sight and out of mind". In the upper class schools and academies, a deviant child is given chance after chance of opportunities before expulsition is considered, such as counseling. In a more impoverished area, the school is more likely to expel a child to ever returning to that specific school. What does this say about how the communities are treating children different and it's primarily based on geographic location. That is very alarming.

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Jay Callison's comment, February 4, 2014 3:45 PM
How focused of you to put the responsibility at the feet of teachers. I am not being sarcastic in the least, because we both know better. Teachers are themselves products as well as agents of Social Control. Curriculum and appropriate behavior " prevents adolescents from being different in the hope that Mores will not be broken, but the intuitive spirit is ( crushed in some cases) as a result. By the time a student has any real choices in life, H/S is in College. You are a good teacher, perhaps you can reach a few each semester to start learning - make a few more good teachers. Anyway, the real manipulators in society are not visible. It goes from Teachers to Counselors to Grandparents to Parents to Spouse - (b,gf), to Polititian to Lawyer to Cop to Judge to Sports Star to Jimmy Fallon. It's Jimmy Fallon's fuckin' problem!
Jay Callison's comment, February 4, 2014 3:48 PM
If we have to blame someone.
Jay Callison's comment, February 4, 2014 3:51 PM
Everyone feels the handcuffs of Freedom. It wouldn't work without control.
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This article is interesting in that it refers it Hirshi's theory that deviant acts are linked to an individual's self-control and not by the individual's race. This article elaborates the findings that compare the race of Anglo and Native American high school students and thier ability to have self-control pertaining to self-control. Although in adulthood, alcohol is seen as a leisure and pleasure-relaxing intake and is not seen as causing future issues as long the individual is able to keep composure is not harming anyone. However, a minor under the age to legally consume alcohol is dubbed a deviant act in general. This article touched based on the elements of how an individual's deviant acts is bare within an individual's self-control not thier mere race. Interestingly enough, this article states that more drug and alcohol substance abuse in Native Americans are found more so in the population that are considered traditionalists. It also states that among all races studied for deviant behavior, Native Americans are the least likely to be studied, so that was what made me choose this article. Although lengthy, it was interesting.

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Erin Madden's comment, February 4, 2014 1:24 PM
Great find, Melissa! Do you have any ideas why people who embrace more traditional beliefs may be at higher risk for alcohol problems? What are some traditional beliefs that may actually promote responsible drinking or not drinking at all? Which traditional beliefs might encourage drinking? Or is there some other factor at play here that the authors do not consider?
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Church in New Mexico criticizes assisted suicide ruling :: Catholic ...

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Albuquerque, N.M., Jan 24, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Mexico judge was wrong to rule that there is a “right” to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, a spokesman for the New Mexico Catholic bishops has said.

Via Savannah Edmonds, Erin Madden
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This is articles and other incidents alike are being showcased more recently in the media. Self-assisted suicide is seen as a deviant act since the harm is of the person that is giving permission to no longer live. Society values life and when that concept goes against the grain, it then becomes a deviant behavior regardless of the case-to-case basis.

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NFL hopeful Michael Sam draws support after announcing he is gay - Reuters

NFL hopeful Michael Sam draws support after announcing he is gay - Reuters | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it

HomNFL hopeful Michael Sam draws support after announcing he is gay Reuters On Yahoo message boards, some people criticized Sam for going public with his sexual orientation, with one anonymous commentator accusing him of trying to gain publicity for...

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Homosexuality is becoming more accepting in society than it was a a few decades ago, but there still are a lot of battles with this so-called behavior that society sees as being deviant and going against the norm. Although, homosexuality does not harm anyone physically it is still one of the most controversial and sought out topics that society sees as being deviant. It becomes a ripple effect, in that, people who are against accepting this as a norm perform deviant acts.

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Stalked On LinkedIn: Victims Complain They Can't Block Abusers

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LinkedIn users are complaining of major privacy flaws.
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This satisfies the three components that argues criminal behavior takes place when three factors come together. Which in this case, are a motivated offender, the stalker; a suitable target, the victim the stalker is stalking; and finally, the absence of a capable guardian. Stalking is definitely deviant behavior, but there are so many loop holes with this that make it nearly impossible for a victim to gain credibility with law enforcement. This would make a stalking victim much more vulnerable and make the stalker feel more powerful and unstoppable. Unless, the victim is in apparent life or death danger, the stalker will continue to stalk. A stalker also would most likely have an mental illness that would ultimately shape their deviance in becoming a stalker.
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Denver Public Works slow to report porn firing to police - Denver Post

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The city has rules regarding appropriate Internet use. Employees must sign an agreement. This clearly violated that.
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The media makes it clear and labels law enforcement as acting in a deviant manner when an act deemed "inappropriate" in the workplace is counted and acts against what the individual's purpose is. In this case, a contract, a formal agreement that basically states that deviant behavior such as "x", "y", and "z" shall result in termination of employment, was made and that such deviant behavior will result in informal social control such as being terminated from being employed. 

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Man accused of arson at Tampa apartment community

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TAMPA — A man who lives in an apartment that was the scene of a huge fire Sunday night was arrested early Monday morning on a felony arson charge.
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This article examines the "harm" done in a man's intentional behavior that labels him as being deviant. His deviance left residence of the apartment complex homeless and society would also see this as deviant because there was the possibility of him putting harm to people. In addition, to his criminal act of deviance his reason for setting the apartment complex ablaze was because management repeatedly told him to stop masturbating in front of his window. This is a seen as a deviant act as it is not the norm to perform such an act in public. This deviant act is formally controlled by law. i.e. indecent exposure.

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Disembodied Racism and the Search for Racist Intent: The Trayvon Martin Case » Sociology Lens

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This article elaborates on the stereotype between an Anglo offender and an African American victim. Regardless of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1900's, America still has trouble fully recognizing this concept and implementing it's purpose in almost everyday life. From criminal cases to family and social life, America still finds itself battling its identity of equality. Racism is a huge social issue and will continue to be.

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Gun debate: Is price of an armed America a more dangerous America? - MinnPost.com

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Gun debate: Is price of an armed America a more dangerous America?
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I think this falls under deviant behavior and also contridicts it as well. For instance, there have been an increased number amounts of residential burglaries that then escalates to aggravated with a deadly weapon, that more people both middle-class, upper-middle class, and all the classes alike, are considering to purchase a gun as means of protecting the family. However, guns are seen as not the norm in America. People have stigmatized ownership as a gun as being somewhat defiant. In addition, a homeowner who  shoots an intruder, as it varies in each state, could be held liable for the intruder's injuries. It also begs the question, what type of statement is America implying if everyone owned a gun? The deviance behind weapons vary and are either incorporated or denied, but are seen to the average person as being deviant.

 

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Erin Madden's comment, February 4, 2014 5:35 PM
Good question you raise here: Is owning a gun deviant in the US? If not, would carrying a concealed gun also not deviant? or does this cross a line between "norm-abiding" and "deviant behavior"? This article describes most people who apply and receive conceal and carry permits as generally very law-abiding, and states that the opinion of people with conceal and carry permits is increasingly favorable. On the one hand, many people in the US really value their right to own weapons. On the other hand, people are still worried about rising gun violence in the US and ask whether arming more people (even "good" people) may contribute to this. One thing to think about is why are people wanting to conceal and carry guns? Do they want to protect themselves and their loved ones? Save the day if a mentally disordered person attacks a public or private space they are in? Do they just want to help keep society orderly, and thus be agents of social control? Do you think it's a good idea to have informal agents of social control with such powerful tools at their disposal? Why/why not?
Angelo Rivera's comment, February 7, 2014 6:58 PM
As an advocate for guns, gun control, and concealed carry licenses, I would have to disagree with gun ownership being a deviant behavior. Dating back before the Constitution, people carried and owned guns as a means of self-defense and to form a militia as stated in the second amendment. Although gun violence has increased significantly within the last few years, in almost every incident, the guns were either stolen, or the attack was executed by a person with a mental disorder. I believe media plays a crucial role in interpreting stories to the public, and in most cases, the media fabricates the story for political reasons. When you take a concealed carry class, the instructors inform you of the laws and what constitutes as a justifiable homicide. It is then left to the individual to exercise how they apply the laws. I believe by not following the laws for a concealed carry permit or disregarding local and national laws is a deviant act. However, people who uphold the law and exercise their second amendment are nothing more than law-abiding citizens. There are stories published monthly of citizens who act as informal agents of social control who save the lives of others and themselves, along with stopping criminal acts from taking place. Even though guns require huge responsibilities, I believe that individuals with no mental disorders or criminal history should be allowed to obtain a gun and protect not only themselves, but their families and community as well.
Erin Madden's comment, February 11, 2014 12:51 PM
Great debate here. Angelo raises really important points about how gun ownership is not necessarily deviant at all. People who go through legal channels to obtain guns are not considered deviant by our laws, but are they ever considered deviant according to other people around them? It probably depends on your family, neighborhood, and culture. In conservative and libertarian families/areas gun ownership may be very typical, and not deviant at all. In more liberal and progressive areas (like new york city), gun ownership is seen much differently by most people. What do you think most people in Albuquerque would say about legal gun ownership? is it ok or should it be much more restricted? How would you feel if your partner/child/teacher/fellow students carried concealed weapons? (obviously this is not allowed on our campus, however) I would say that Angelo's point about the media is important, but maybe overstated. the media definitely spins stories and hypes them up to be more sensational, but most often they do not completely fabricate stories.
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270 women treated for drug addictions - Saudi Gazette

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270 women treated for drug addictions
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Abdulilah Al-Sharif, assistant director general of the directorate for preventive affairs, said most women addicts had picked up the bad habit as a result of their deviant behavior.
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I believe this ties in with the never ending circle of "why did the offender do it?" concept. The article states that women are lead to drugs by thier deviant behavior. It then poses the question still, "why does she act on deviant behavior?" I think this article also creates a stigma for the younger generation that read it. It is said that it takes an average of twenty-one days to form a new habit and for it to actually stick. Does that mean every female treated for drug addictions were active in deviant behavior for twenty-one days and then took an additional twenty-one days thereafter, to make the addiction stick. I think this also places a label on women who are addicted to drugs. It also questions if the labeling is a fallacy. In that, not all women who were treated for drugs acted on deviant behavior. For instance, a wealthy woman abusing prescribed drugs that abuses the drugs is not seen as being deviant, instead she would be seen as just creating a way to damage her self-image in her community.

 

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School shooting in N.M.

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A shooter identified as a seventh-grade boy opened fire Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., critically wounding an 11-year-old boy with shots to the face and neck and hitting a 13-year-old girl in the arm, authorities said.
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This article is both alarming and shocking in that first and foremost, it occurred close to home. Second, that this shows that the stigma of a "loner" being more capable of bringing a gun to school to ultimately utilize that weapon and turning it on people they see daily is not always the case. Third, I think that this incident proves that deviant behavior can be both predictable and unpredictable. Meaning, that the three concepts of The shooter was a minor with good grades and an athlete, so what does this say about the norm of people who are characterized as being more likley to carry out deviant behavior? This was truly a shocking story and it has stirred many questions. I think we all ask the most confused question in an incident like this is and that is, "why would someone do that?" I recently just finished a 12-hour shift with APD and I have seen so many things in those long 12 hours Saturday night that have changed my perspective of "deviant behavior". I think that there are so many things than just a mere theory as to why people act on deviance and most of it is how thier mental frame is built. Since, we have yet, to figure out the just of the human brain and a person's thought process, I think we still have such a long way to go when we address the "why's?" and "how could someone..?" of the act of deviant behavior. Will we ever be able to justify this concept? The only way we will ever be able to anaylze deviant behavior is if it continues to occur. There are so many people that are effected when the act of deviance occurs and when it is seen as a violent act it has the most attention. My question is how can we identify and tackle the issue of an individual before it drives them to the extremity of acting out on thier deviant instincts that result in causing the most harm? It is the norm to fear harm, but it is also the outline of what society ignores until it's too late.

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Daniel Gonzales's comment, January 23, 2014 1:13 AM
I definitely see the determinism theory in here, but knowing a little about roswell the disorganization theory could have something to do with it although alot of the families that live there have been there for a long time. I dont know if giving teachers guns would help. it just seems to me that if someone wanted to shoot up a school they would be expecting the teachers to have guns so they would just bring more. They said bullying was a factor which I could see someone wanting to retaliate but definitely I think this kid may have not had consequences at home. He also could have not had a person to talk to share his feelings of humiliation. maybe he was being ignored at home. He also could have wanted to get attention. When something like this happens they usually post the shooters face all over the tv.. it is instant fame for people. I believe a way to stop these shootings is to offer counseling services to the parents to try and be there for there children. It is hard to raise kids and know what is the right thing to do. Everyone needs help especially in a changing society. Some of the new things kids have access too on the internet isnt always good. Sometimes parents will by there kids the new technology just to keep them out of their hair. Help for children more mentoring programs more funding for boys and girls clubs and programs that are like it. promote community gatherings to get everyone involved in raising the children. today's society promotes fearing your neighbor and keeps us on our computers and social media so we dont get to know who lives next to us. I definitely think this is a social issue and not just a family issue.
Carol Maes's comment, January 23, 2014 1:21 PM
I think this goes against the learning theory. This family is said to be a church going, respectable family. There isn't any evidence (yet) that would support the learning theory in this situation. There is no excuse for this sort of behavior but I would say this boy had a feeling of Antoine. I agree with Daniel that counseling but not just to parents but also to young children. If kids have an opportunity to talk about there feelings they will have a better chance of understnding them and learn healthy ways to express feelings. If children had these tools then we wouldn't need so many prevention strategies.
Carol Maes's comment, January 23, 2014 1:23 PM
*Anomie.