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Jonathan Fast Publishes Book on School Violence

Ceremonial Violence

In "Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings" (Overlook Press, 2008), Jonathan Fast, associate professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, presents not only individual case studies—including an in-depth narrative of the Columbine shootings—but, for the first time, explains why teenagers commit rampage school shootings. While grounded in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology and neurology, and accompanied by a discussion of research methodologies, the book is written in nontechnical language. It both identifies the risk factors for such anti-social behaviors and paints the chilling picture of how these troubled young people turn private pain into mass murder.

Visit Dr. Fast's "Ceremonial Violence" Web site here.