Officials on High Alert After Parkland

3/6/2018 - Associate Professor of Sociology Robert Faris in the Sacramento Bee.

School shooting threats have become a daily occurrence nationwide since 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 by a former student wielding an AR-15 assault-style rifle.

Robert Faris, associate professor of sociology at UC Davis, said the increased number of threats increases the possibility that threats will be carried out. He said potential shooters increase their steps of commitment, from making indirect comments to specific threats, before they take the next step of getting a weapon and then taking it in a car with them.

He said there is no exact profile of potential shooters, but they sometimes are bullies who are also being bullied. A lot of these young men have had their masculinity or their sexuality questioned or have been the target of ridicule, he said.

"It is often kids who aren't particularly socially adept and perhaps have a problem managing emotions and are highly reactive kids," he said. 

Read the full story in the Sacramento Bee.