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warned against the belief that a certain "type" of student would be a perpetrator.Any profile would fit too many students to be useful and may not apply to a potential perpetrator. These children take a long, considered, public path toward violence." Princeton's Katherine Newman has found that, far from being "loners", the perpetrators are "joiners" whose attempts at social integration fail, and that they let their thinking and even their plans be known, sometimes frequently over long periods of time.
disavowal of reality, derealization, depersonalization). In short, as clinical psychiatrist Daniel Schechter has written, for a baby to develop into a troubled adolescent who then turns lethally violent, a convergence of multiple interacting factors must occur, that is "every bit as complicated..it is for a tornado to form on a beautiful spring day in Kansas." One "trait" that has not yet attracted as much attention is the gender difference: nearly all school shootings are perpetrated by young males, and in some instances the violence has clearly been gender-specific.
These shootings have happened in "suburban and rural school districts" and many seem to be random with random targets.
Most of these shooters tend to come from two-parent households and have been found to appear on the honor roll at their schools.
School shootings receive extensive media coverage and are frequent in the US (see list below).
They have sometimes resulted in nationwide changes of schools' policies concerning discipline and security.