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April 16, 2007

33 Fatalities in the Deadliest Campus Shooting
in United States History

What are the roots of school violence?
Sociology experts available to comment.

33 people are dead at Virginia Tech University. It is the worst campus shooting in United States history. Katherine Newman, Princeton University, author of Rampage, The Social Roots of School Shootings, Joseph Gasper, Johns Hopkins University, who teaches a course exploring the topics of school crime and shootings, including the nature and extent of school crime, and the theories behind the violence, and Suzanne Lea, Gallaudet University, who specializes in juvenile delinquency, crime, and deviance, and whose research explores isolation and how it impacts identity development and the potential connections to violent behavior, are available for comments and interviews.

To request an interview or comment, contact Sujata Sinha at (202) 247-9871 or via email at

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