There are many commonalities between the Red Lake and Columbine incidents, and many of the FBI's list of characteristics of "school shooters" match up with the characters of Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, and Jeff Weise. One of the main similarities between the two incidences is that after shooting down their classmates, Weise, Harris, and Klebold all committed suicide. The FBI´s threat assessment perspective names ´signs of depression´ as a warning sign for potential school shooters, and the fact that they all killed themselves backs this theory up, as all 3 boys were diagnosed with, and underwent treatment for, depression. They were all also taking anti-depressants at the time of the massacres, which may or may not have affected their mental wellbeing. The most obvious likeness between the two events is that the shooters were all boys around the same age.
This environment made it easier for him to turn to murder. Jeffery Dahmer’s thoughts of dread are very good indications of depression. Antisocial Personality Disorder is a part of the Personality disorders group in DSM-IV-TR-B, that also includes narcissistic, antisocial, and borderline personality disorders. Someone with personality disorder is defined as Disorders characterized by extreme and rigid personality traits that cause distress or impairment (Hansell & Damour, 2008). Most of these are life long problems visible at childhood.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s when many states had lowered the MLDA, besides the rise in drunk-driving deaths, studies showed that people raised from childhood in under-21 states were involved in higher rates of alcohol and drug use as adults, and had a higher rate of homicides and suicides. (Moses, 2011) This in turn convinced federal law makers to raise the MLDA again to 21. However, in order to encourage states to comply, the federal government would tighten their purse strings and states would receive little or no funding towards highways. So while there are those who do not necessarily care one way or the other about the actual age limit on alcohol consumption, they do prefer having the federal
George Russell states that the disaster is called “the largest mass suicide of Americans in history”, supporting the claim that the participants in the Peoples Temple intentionally killed themselves (38+). Russell also explains that Jones was very intent on his ‘revolutionary suicide’ and that he kept bringing it up, and during his final speech he claimed that it was the only way out (38+). Richard Cavendish claims that many of the churches believers “willingly killed their children and themselves” (13). Evidently, numerous people in Jones’ following actually believed his words and trusted him enough to put their lives in his hands. In fact, Thomas Streissguth points out that Jones was a believer of socialism, and that he was so aggressively persuasive about his standing that members of his congregation were compelled to donate all of their belongings and funds to the church (105).
Everybody in life deserves a second chance should they choose a wrong path, or do they? Murder: Can there ever be any forgiving circumstances for a person who has taken another life. Should they be treated as evil or treated as people who have taken a wrong path? The case of James Bulger, is a horrific crime, 2 year old James was abducted whilst out shopping with his mother at a shopping centre in Liverpool in 1993. His body was found three days later on train tracks, his torso had been torn in two.
Victims and Crime Evaluation University of Phoenix Criminal Law CJA 354 Victims and Crime Evaluation Before understanding the concept of a victim, who is a victim? A victim can fall into one of two categories; one a person who has suffered harm because of a criminal act and subjected to harm in suffering physical injury, emotional trauma, financial loss and or disruptlives Secondly, a victim could be family members of a person killed or injured because of a crime may also be victims. It is common for people who witnessed a crime to suffer emotional trauma. According to Vocal (ACT) “These people are victims even though they may not have been physically harmed. This could in some instances include family members or close friends of the person who committed the crime.” (2006, p.1) The impact of such crimes is long lasting in particularly for violent crimes.
The Rising Epidemic of Adolescent Suicide “Exploding outwardly like the two teenagers at Columbine High School, these kids are exploding on the inside, ready to give it all up” (Hollandsworth 81). Marty Cirkiel, a small-time lawyer practicing just outside of Austin in Texas, made this bold statement in order to describe the emotional state of students that committed suicide after relentless and cruel bullying in their respective schools. Research has shown that adolescents tend to internalize negative emotional experiences. Loved ones often learn of one’s heartache and sense of hopelessness when it is too late. Psychologists and numerous other professionals that work with teenagers have made the observation that adolescents are experiencing
Although legally available, prescription drugs can be extremely addictive and deadly. The long-term effects of prescription drug abuse, is no longer “The Hidden Epidemic”. Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Teens and young adults abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons include family problems, depression, relationships problems, and other emotional distress.
Alice Marwick is a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research and a research affiliate at Harvard University.” An example of Pathos, if any: “The suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old boy from western New York who killed himself last Sunday after being tormented by his classmates for being gay, is appalling. His story is a classic case of bullying: he was aggressively and repeatedly victimized. Horrific episodes like this have sparked conversations about cyber bullying and created immense pressure on regulators and educators to do something, anything, to make it stop.” An example of Logos, if any: “In our research over a number of years, we have interviewed and observed teenagers across the United States. Given the public interest in cyber bullying, we asked young people about it, only to be continually rebuffed. Teenagers repeatedly told us that bullying was something that happened only in elementary or middle school.
Erin Young English 101 Online Hour – October 22, 2010 The Drinking Age Debate Too Young to have fun is an online database article discussing the drinking age. In 1984 the Reagan administration ordered all the states to rise their drinking age to 21 or loose 10% of their federal highway funds. In some states, that would mean losing up to $50 million dollars. They purposed this change thinking that it would somehow curve underage drinking but it only made it worse causing criminal records to rise, even though the fatalities among underage drunk drivers declined by 13%. I believe this article supported my decision about lowering the drinking age because the article insinuated that by raising the drinking age, more deaths occurred as well