Another Campus Shooting

Posted on February 9, 2008. Filed under: disability studies, History of Mental Health, Women's Studies |

I had hoped to blog about something else today, but felt it necessary to comment on this news report of a shooting at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge.

The story is still developing but what is notable is that this case, unlike others in recent memory, involves a female student killing other female students. This adds some food for thought, I think, to Historiann’s comments on gender and violence. Penny Richards over at Disability Studies, Temple U, has found some nineteenth-century cases of girls perpetuating violence at school. Also, colleagues in criminology and human development tell me that girls are becoming more violent in schools, and percentage of women convicted of violent crime increasing.

Update: more on this case from Chronicle of Higher Education.

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    Heather Munro Prescott

    Heather Munro Prescott

    Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.

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