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School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredientsfor a moral panic

School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredientsfor a moral panic Recent shootings at schools around the country have resulted in widespread fear and panic among both students and parents, prompting a myriad of responses to make schools safer. Yet, empirical data suggest that despite the recent shootings, schools remain extremely safe places for children, and school violence is lower today than it was several years ago. The present research focuses on the construction of school shootings as a moral panic, with examinations of the roles played by the media, the public, and politicians in using isolated incidents (albeit heinous offenses) to support their interests. The interactions between these groups and the resultant punitive actions directed toward juveniles are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Crime, Law and Social Change Springer Journals

School shootings, the media, and public fear: Ingredientsfor a moral panic

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Energy; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general; Criminal Law; Political Science; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0925-4994
eISSN
1573-0751
DOI
10.1023/A:1008338323953
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Abstract

Recent shootings at schools around the country have resulted in widespread fear and panic among both students and parents, prompting a myriad of responses to make schools safer. Yet, empirical data suggest that despite the recent shootings, schools remain extremely safe places for children, and school violence is lower today than it was several years ago. The present research focuses on the construction of school shootings as a moral panic, with examinations of the roles played by the media, the public, and politicians in using isolated incidents (albeit heinous offenses) to support their interests. The interactions between these groups and the resultant punitive actions directed toward juveniles are discussed.

Journal

Crime, Law and Social ChangeSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 14, 2004

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