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Social Learning Theory and School Shootings
Applies the social learning theory to incidences of school shootings.
# 131510 | 3,500 words | 20 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Education (Theory) , Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses school shootings that have rocked the nation, focusing on the case of Luke Woodham at his violent acts in October of 1998. This case is used as an example of criminal acts that are conducted by children and the case is examined through social learning theory. The foundations of social learning theory are, therefore, explored, and arguments against this theory in relation to school shootings are also discussed. Furthermore, the paper examines how social learning theory can be used as a predictor of school violence and the prevention techniques that have been offered and that must be implemented in order to address the issue.

From the Paper:

"On October 1, 1997 before Luke Woodham left his Pearl, Mississippi home, he took a knife and killed his mother, after beating her severely ("Youth", 1998, para. 2). Woodham then armed himself with guns and left the house for school (Ramsland, 2007). Once there he located his former girlfriend, Christina Menefee, 16, who had broken up with him one year earlier, and shot her and her friend, Lydia Dew, 17 ("Teen", 1998, sec. 1). Other students that were within range also became victims of his firearm assault. Seven of these students were shot and following this episode of the event, Woodham made the decision to replenish his ammunition and return to fire on additional students. In the parking lot Woodham had placed another gun in his car and he proceeded to retrieve it. When he did the assistant principal of the school confronted and "disarmed him" (Ramsland, 2007)."

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