Exploring Gender in Cases of School-Associated Violent Death

Joanne M. Kaufman, University of Miami
Mark Anderson, Centers for Disease Control/NCIPC

In their 2001 paper, Danner and Carmody critiqued both the research and media coverage of infamous cases of schools shootings for their lack of focus on the gendered nature of much of this violence. Drawing on their study and feminist perspectives, we examine issues of masculinities, bullying, and male violence against women using a unique dataset of the population and school-associated violence deaths in the United States from 1994-1999. This data was collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from media databases, state and local agencies, and police and school officials. We focus our analysis of gender issues on 172 cases of homicide and 30 cases of suicide where deaths occurred while the victim was on school property, on the way to or from school, or at on the way to or from a school-sponsored event. Our results will be discussed in light of suggestions for violence prevention programs.

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