, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 1630-1632
Date: 27 Aug 2013

Jessie Klein: The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools

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In The bully society, Jessie Klein presents one of the most comprehensive analyses of the reports of 166 school shootings over three decades. Despite the broad time period the book encompasses, the reports present many similarities. The perpetrators in these school violence incidents targeted other students who have called them names or rejected them; or they have retaliated for the perceived injustices related to discipline or academic assessments done to them. Commonly known as “bullying”, Klein attempts to share the stories of those who have been bullied or have witnessed bullying incidents to highlight the bullying issue that is facing today’s youth. Klein frames “bullying” as one of the most significant concerns among children today, and ultimately a predictor in school shootings.

Chapter 1 describes how children learn that status is everything and although race and class are typical indicators of power, conforming to gender expectations is vital. The chapter describes how students ...