Columbine High School Massacre
Although questioned about it over sixteen years after the event, he pinpoints one reason that the media also noted: mental illness. Ireland also contradicts the ideas of bullying and the Trenchoat Mafia as specific causes. “There’s a public perception of the fact that there [were] cliques, but it was no different from any other high school…Eric and Dylan were even shunned by the Trenchcoat Mafia.” Ireland noted that the home videos reviewed after the fact showed that “There were some lingering [problems with] mental illness.” Ireland reflects what became obvious to the majority of the public after the massacre, stating that prevention would have begun at home, with parental involvement, intervention, upbringing, attention.
No one theory can explain the cause of crime, even when “crime” is narrowed down to a specific type, like school shootings. Essentially all of the social process theories could be applied to the analyzation of the shooting at Columbine, including the social learning theory, the social control theory, and the labeling theory. Of most relevance in this case would be the ideas of the social development …show more content…
Many factors were involved in the behaviors of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris on April 20, 1999. Psychological issues were present and known. During autopsy, Eric was found to have therapeutic levels of Luvox, used to treat depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. He had also reported homicidal and suicidal idealizations in the past (Massacre at Columbine High). Familial issues are also seen when one learns that Eric had what was essentially an arsenal in his bedroom at home, unbeknownst to his parents. Discrimination and prejudice are elements of Eric’s journaling, which also hold a place in the social development perspective. This perspective is what provides the best explanation for the events at Columbine because it is the most thorough, considering “psychological, biological, familial, interpersonal, cultural, societal, and ecological levels” (Schmallenger, 2014,