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Case Study of a Prevented School Rampage Attack at a Rural-Suburban High School
by Morell, Nicholas, III, Ed.D., Wilkes University, 2013, 185; 3560131
Abstract (Summary)

This case study describes a prevented school rampage attack at a rural-suburban high school in the northeastern region of the United States. A school rampage attack occurs when a heavily armed student assaults a school with the intent to inflict harm on everyone in that school. The case was bounded by a single high school where a school rampage attack was prevented. This study will inform school leaders about rampage attacks while adding to the literature in the field of preventing school rampage attacks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (1999) and the United States Secret Service along with the United States Department of Education (2002) researched school shootings and found that in most cases studied, someone knew of an attack before it occurred; this was referred to as leakage. The central question was how did information leakage assist in the prevention of a school rampage attack at a rural-suburban high school? Qualitative data including interviews of school leaders, documents, and media accounts was collected. The data was analyzed by the researcher and the commercial software product, NVivo. The results support that leakage did occur prior to the actual attack and was the main reason the attack was prevented. The school's system for monitoring students worked. The student who plotted the attack was marginal with mental health issues. School leaders and law enforcement worked cooperatively. More research is needed that focuses specifically on prevented school rampage attacks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lesisko, Lee
Commitee: Eisele, Kurt W., Talipan, Kimberly
School: Wilkes University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy, School administration
Keywords: Emergency preparedness, Prevented attacks, Rampage attacks, School safety, School shootings, Threat assessments
Publication Number: 3560131
ISBN: 978-1-303-05847-9
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