What drives young people to commit homicidal acts of violence in schools and campuses is a question that boggles the mind. There may be a myriad psychological reasons for such tragic occurrences, such as an abusive family, poor self-esteem, a love affair gone sour, a severe inferiority complex or a feeling of desperation caused by repeated failures in general. Those that fall in this category are generally suicidal, but rather than committing suicide alone with nobody around, they would do so after killing a number of people. Such people may also suffer from a deep-seated persecution complex, causing them to believe that those among their peers, including some teachers, consider them to be misfits or social pariahs that must be left alone and ignored. They feel unjustly victimized, but keep their emotion locked within themselves for a considerable length of time before it climaxes to the point of eruption. They may project sn outward appearance of being normal while keeping aloof from others; in some instances, even pretending to be friendly and sociable.
There is also the possibility that within their family structures, there may be gaps of weaknesses of character, such as selfishness, broken relationships or, perhaps, ignorance or naivete, as far as the gravity of the family members’ problem, while being indifferent to their needs.
The argument that the freedom of owning guns could be contributing to the incidence of
violence in schools and campuses may be groundless, considering that those that are bent on killing others as well as themselves would, somehow or the other, find the weapon to do so.
It is obvious that violence of this nature continues to produce copy cats who, in desperation,
would not hesitate to kill others before killing themselves. There is no way that this kind of tragedy can be prevented. Although there may be certain tell-tale signs that may be detected in the personality of those that demonstrate certain characteristics pointing to abnormality, the subtlety of such signs may not substantially prove that such individuals can be singled out as being unpredictably dangerous.
The psychological barriers that stand in the way of sanity among the majority of students in schools and campuses cannot be overcome, given the varying standards of behavior in such environments where there is a lack of focus on situations outside academic factors that exclusively engage the attention of the average students and teachers. On the other hand, there is the delicate question of how to approach parents and other family members as to the possibility that a particular member of their family must be monitored closely by way of helping that individual psychologically, if at all possible.