Violence in the School Shooting Film

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Defined most broadly, a “school shooting” is simply firearm violence that takes place on the grounds of an educational institution. However, the term is most often used to refer to a very specific subgroup of such crimes, namely, ones committed in suburban and rural American elementary and secondary schools by white, middle-class youth against victims who are to some extent random (Ferguson and Ivory, 2012). This tendency in nomenclature is largely the result of one specific event: the murder of thirteen youths and one teacher by two white, male teenagers at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. From that point on, “Columbine” became a euphemism for a “school shooting.” In turn, the term “school shooting” became largely synonymous with acts of violence that most closely resembled Columbine, especially in terms of location and perpetrator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Violence in Film and Media
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783031053900
ISBN (Print)9783031053894
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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