, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 127-129
Date: 09 Aug 2007

Assessing Adolescents Who Threaten Homicide in Schools: A Recent Update

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Our paper, following this update on the problem of adolescents who threaten homicide in schools, published in 2002, remains relevant to contemporary discussions of how such problems might be managed. While new five years ago, the ideas expressed in this paper have become widely accepted today. It is by now recognized, for example, that individual psychiatric assessment of a student who is thought to be potentially homicidal, or at least violent to his fellow classmates, is not enough. There also needs to be a clear assessment of the school climate, involvement of law enforcement if medium or high threat, the student’s family and a detailed analysis of the computer the student may have used, to examine Internet activity, ranging from websites frequented to online relationships developed via chat rooms.
Since this paper was written, a great deal also has been learned about cyber-bullying. The Internet has become a major new tool for bullying, allowing children to intensify their bullying ...