Agnew's General Strain Theory

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Agnew’s General Strain Theory According to Chagrin Valley Times (2012), on Monday, February 27, seventeen year old T.J. Lane walked into the cafeteria of Chardon High School and shot ten people with a .22 caliber handgun. Three of those people were killed, another had minor injuries, and the last student remains in critical condition. Sixteen year old Russell King Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin, and sixteen year old Daniel Parmerto, were the unfortunate students who died that day. Lane was chased by a teacher as he fled the scene. Later, Lane surrendered to the police. Lane was described as a troubled boy who lived with his grandfather after his father was sent to prison for domestic violence. He attended an alternative school nearby for students who did not do well in school. Geauga County prosecutor, David Joyce, says, “This was the effect of one lone gunman. He chose his victims at random. This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. This is about someone who is not well.” (Chagrin Valley Times, 2012) Lane later admitted that his targets were picked at random. He was charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of felonious assault. Joyce decided to try Lane as an adult, and transferred his proceedings to an adult court, approved by the judge, Timothy Grendell. The article states that the motive is still unknown, but I think Lane’s actions were a result of an unstable childhood and bad upbringing. The victims in this crime have been said to be strangers to Lane. Also, the victims were from a different high school than the one Lane attends, which makes this situation strange; one that cannot be generalized as ‘’just another typical school shooting”. T.J. Lane has a father who has been arrested for domestic violence, and there is no information that has been revealed to the public regarding

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