Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Copycats Aim For More School Shootings

PORTLAND, Maine (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Looking on someone else’s paper during a test is one thing, but copying their school shooting is something else.

This week marks the one-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy and the eight-year anniversary of Columbine, and author Loren Coleman of The Copycat Effect (Simon & Schuster) says tomorrow (May 16) through Monday (May 21) marks a peak time when disaster can happen again.

Coleman says nine school shootings have “copycatted” Columbine, and the media’s “wall-to-wall coverage” of these events encourages males who feel like outsiders around the world to battle it out.

As he puts it, “We’re seeing an international flavor to school shootings, and it’s a psychological process where they are competing with each other for body counts.”

But don’t chalk up movies like The Matrix or Natural Born Killers for inspiring the attacks, because Coleman says most gunmen get inspired from Columbine and Adolf Hitler instead of violent films.

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