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Heroic actions are often intuitive – even impulsive – rather than a product of thoughtful deliberation. MHU/Getty Images

What makes people willing to risk their lives to save others?

Study after study has shown that men tend to be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Why some men rise to the occasion – and others don’t – has been a bit trickier to pin down.
A playground bench is colorfully decorated at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, which replaced the one torn down after a gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators in 2012. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Demolishing schools after a mass shooting reflects humans’ deep-rooted desire for purification rituals

An anthropologist explains the power of purification rituals, such as bringing down a building following a tragic occurrence in it, and why they help reduce our anxieties.
In this photo from 2016, students pass through a security checkpoint at William Hackett Middle School in Albany, N.Y., with guards, bag inspections and a metal detector. AP Photo/Mike Groll

Does hardening schools make students safer?

Surveillance cameras, metal detectors, door-locking systems and armed guards have not prevented school shootings. A school safety scholar examines other possible approaches.
School counselors like Jacquelyn Indrisano, left, can help students feel welcome and safe at school. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments

School violence prevention requires professionals – counselors, psychologists and social workers – who know how to create an emotionally safe environment. Those staffers are in very short supply.
Family and friends follow the casket of 10-year-old Jose Flores after a funeral service in Uvalde, Texas. Flores, an honour student, was killed in the latest elementary school shooting in the United States. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas school shooting: How assault-style rifles and ammunition kill and maim

The latest mass school shooting in Texas has renewed the debate about gun control. Here’s why gun advocates generally avoid discussing the harm that assault-style rifles can cause.
Restrictive gun laws bring down the murder rate. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

5 ways to reduce school shootings

Risk assessments and rigid gun laws are among the tools that can help prevent school massacres, a specialist in youth aggression says.
A girl grieves for a friend killed in the Uvalde shooting. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

The lasting consequences of school shootings on the students who survive them

Research shows that school shootings can lead to years of health, educational and economic detriment for students who survive the attack.
The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, comforts families following a deadly school shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills

What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

Of the 13 mass school shootings that have taken place in the US, the three most deadly occurred in the last decade. Data from these attacks helped criminologists build a profile of the gunmen.
Many mass shooters show signs of distress before their attack. Smederevac via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Accused Buffalo mass shooter had threatened a shooting while in high school. Could more have been done to avert the tragedy?

When young people plan a mass shooting, especially at a school, they typically reveal their plans in advance. Two scholars weigh in on whether the warning signs are being heeded in the right way.
Jennifer Crumbley, at left, and her husband, James, at far right, sit with their attorneys during a hearing. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Are parents criminally responsible for the actions of their child? In the Oxford shooting case, prosecutors say yes

It’s rare when parents are criminally responsible for the.actions of their child. The behavior of Jennifer and James Crumbley was so egregious, the prosecutor explained, she had no other choice.

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