The myth of the school shooter profile
The most heinous example came on The CBS Evening News, where Wyatt Andrews' piece perpetuating the myth was built around the very study that debunked it. Wyatt began by saying that Cho Seung-Hui "fits almost to a tee, a U.S. Secret Service profile of the typical school shooter."
That's funny. The central idea of the Secret Service study was that no such profile exists--and it says so, explicitly and unequivocally, right in the overview: "There is no accurate or useful 'profile' of students who engaged in targeted school violence" (which is how they define school shooters--p. 11). How much clearer could they get?
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