Just began my 25 page thesis paper about the future of terrorism and attacks on schools and their vulnerability.
If anyone has any personal info to share please feel free to PM.
Also if anyone is interested in reading it, just PM me and Id be glad to forward a copy.
Should be done with it in the next 3 months.
I did my capstone project for the MSU Homeland Security Program (3 graduate level classes) on school security. I was going to finish my MA in CJ through them with the notion of expanding that project into my MA thesis until 4/16/07 destroyed my motivation for the idea. PM if you want to toss some ideas or want me to proofread anything. Hell, I'll let you read the project if you would like.
Good luck and study hard!
I'd be interested to read a copy of it when you're done.
a good link for NIJ that has a lot of articles and studies.
If you haven't read it yet ... read "COLUMBINE" by Dave Cullen
Interested in the finished product.
Always good to give some continuing education to the co workers.
The biggest thing, I personally believe, will be attacks on "soft targets". I.E. Schools, hospitals, churches, etc.
Only 25 pages for a thesis?
At any rate, afraid I can't say too much since my sponsors are still waiting for my report.
Two books you might want to look at though are: "Innocent Targets"
and, of course (because it is practically required reading on this topic)
"Terror at Beslan"
As far as your hypothesis, two things: one might want to look at Israel at the various terrorist attacks at their schools over the years and they have had a bunch. Is their fallout also as devastating? If not, then one needs to neutralize or show the differences in the societies of why, IMHO.
Secondly,. while it might be true that fear is momentary consequence of an incident, I would suggest that the "problem" is much more basic. If one is involved in this "business", one knows the risks, the dangers, and a lot of tricks of the trade on both sides. Those who are not in this business, however, are babes in the woods.
For example, in the 80's, I knew so many tricks as put out by the State Department of how not to be a target when traveling or, if captured, how not to be a high value hostage. Military ID in checked luggage, don't carry International Defense Review, carry a foreign newspaper, confide in no one for not all skyjackers are revealed at the same time, even have an innocent cover subject you can talk on. Despite there being incidents here and there, who thinks like that? In the 90's when I went with my mom to pick up someone at the airport, I went to the back of my car and threw my swiss army knife in before entering the terminal. My mother looked at that and said, "I've never heard of anything so ridiculous!".....well, we aren't laughing now, are we.
If one is in the business, it is a constant reminder. If not, well it is like "standard" street crime:
"When it comes to non criminals and crime, there are three types of people. There are those who have never been touched by it and don't wish to know, don't want to lose that innocence. There are those who willing engage in knowing such as cops. Then there are those who have been forced to know about this world, who have lost their innocence, and so very often, they are trying very hard to get back what they can never get."
That's more of the situation I think you have here. Those who knew before, those who didn't know and found out that day and are trying to get back, and those who weren't around then and are enjoying their innocence.
Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Good luck in your research.
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Originally Posted By Snowleopard:
Only 25 pages for a thesis?
Yeah its a BA Thesis, and thanks for the pointers.
I knew about Belsan, but I never realized Israel is dealing with school attacks. Ill have to research that a bit.
I was cleaning up a computer drive tonight and found some Israeli school attack references over the decades:
Avivim, a school bus
has several school attacks in this century; I do not know if this report is confirmed.
The Dorn book, "Innocent Targets", had other listings.