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Ceremonial Violence

Ceremonial Violence

Jonathan Fast, Ph.D.

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-047-6
Trim Size: 6 x 9

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Ceremonial Violence analyzes the Columbine High School shooting and twelve other cases and explains for the first time why teenagers commit school rampage shootings. These cases include:
Brenda Spencer, 16, who after shooting at elementary school children for no apparent reason explained to a reporter: I hate Mondays.
Wayne Lo, 18, a brilliant Taiwanese student and violin prodigy who embraced white supremacist rhetoric. One night he stalked the campus of Simon s Rock College with a semi-automatic rifle picking victims at random.
Evan Ramsey, 16, who went on a shooting rampage in Anchorage, alerting some twenty-five friends beforehand so they could observe the mayhem.
Luke Woodham, 17, who claimed to have been controlled by demons when he killed his classmates.

With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers parents, educators, and students a means of understanding and coming to terms with these tragedies, and preventing them in the future.

Praise for Ceremonial Violence:
"In this penetrating examination of the nation's school shootings, Fast, explores such psychological theories as identity confusion and childhood abuse. Although not a book about solutions, it is not without hope. Fast recognizes the impossibility of predicting school rampage shooters, but outlines clear and realistic goals for educators, community leaders, parents and students that could help prevent these violent attacks." -Publishers Weekly(starred review)

"The case studies are compelling; fans of true crime will like the book as pure narrative, while parents and educators will appreciate the suggestions for identifying potentially violent students. Recommended." - Library Journal

Detailed and thoroughly researched Fast does an excellent job of revealing what these broken children had in common. Kirkus

About the author
Jonathan Fast, Ph.D. was educated at Princeton, Columbia, and Yeshiva Universities. He is the author of eight novels and a Professor of Social Work at Yeshiva. He lives in Connecticut.

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