Personal and civic responsibility, love of learning, and empathy for others: these are the qualities that Wayland High School seeks to instill in its students.At its core, our mission is to provide a rigorous and stimulating academic environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
While it may be simplistic to assume a straightforward "profile", the study did find certain similarities among the perpetrators. Perpetrators who "run amok" in schools and other public settings do also share in common a severe lapse or more pervasive deficit in their capacity for empathy coupled with their inability to contain their aggression—this may be due to their psychopathy, psychotic symptoms (i.e.
loss of a sense of reality), and/or to a consequence of significant violent traumatization—such as that of early physical abuse, that contributes to the development of dissociative states of mind (i.e.
There has been no evidence of a direct correlation between a desire for infamy and school shootings, but, as suggested by Justin Nutt in 2013, those who feel as though they are alone and who feel no one will remember them may seek to be remembered through acts of violence.
Nutt explains through the examination of the way in which news exposure is connected not to the victims, but the perpetrators. in an age of internet news and 24 hour news cycle, to avoid doing so would be seen as poor news reporting, but it also means those who feel nameless and as though no one will care or remember them when they are gone may feel doing something such as a school shooting will make sure they are remembered and listed in the history books." In a 2015 New Republic essay, Columbine author Dave Cullen described a subset of school shooters (and other mass murderers) known as "injustice collectors." The essay described and expanded on the work of retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole, who has published a peer-reviewed journal article on the subject.
According to Al Knight, "what has been said is that the drugs may have either masked a deeper problem or reacted with other factors to produce resulting violence." In short, the school shootings have not been found to be as a direct result of these drugs, and the role they may have played if involved is currently unknown.
In these copycat shootings, often times the perpetrators see a past school shooter as an idol, so they want to carry out an even more destructive, murderous shooting in hopes of gaining recognition or respect.
Often, they are rejected by their peers and follow through by restoring justice in what they see as an unjust situation.
Their plan for restoration many times results in violence as shown by the school shooters.
They have sometimes resulted in nationwide changes of schools' policies concerning discipline and security.
Some experts have described fears about school shootings as a type of moral panic.
Students who are bullied tend to develop behavioral problems, depression, less self-control and poorer social skills, and to do worse in school.