, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 227-230
Date: 24 Mar 2013

Gender, Sexuality and the Endemic Nature of Youth Violence

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The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools. By Jessie Klein. NY, NY: New York University Press, 2012.

Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition. By James W. Messerschmidt. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

The recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut left twenty children and six adults dead. It once again invoked a national conversation about violence on school grounds. Albeit tragedies such as this are rare, their occurrences invite a deeper examination into such things as gun control policy, mental health service availability, bullying and the like. Yet as Katz et al. (1999) suggested more than a decade ago in a Boston Globe article after the Columbine tragedy, it appears we are “missing the mark” by failing to recognize the pervasive role that hegemonic masculinity and heterosexism play in such events. Jessie Klein’s Bully Society and James Messerschmidt’s Gender, Heterosexuality and Y