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KidsPeace Psychologist to Explain Mind of School Shooters

Peter Langman to discuss his book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

Bethlehem, Pa., October 29, 2010--Psychologist Peter Langman will visit Moravian College to discuss his book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, on Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the UBC Room. The talk is intended for those considering fields in guidance counseling, school psychology, education, law enforcement, administration, and criminal justice. The public is welcome and admission is free of charge.

Langman is the clinical director at KidsPeace, a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents and teens. He us expert on identifying and assessing potential school shooters and preventing attacks.

A psychologist who has helped children and adolescents for twenty-five years, Dr. Langman combines professional experience with evaluating at-risk youth with his extensive research on shooters at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and other schools. He has earned international recognition for his powerful analysis in Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, which was named a 2009 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Reviews.

In his book, Langman's groundbreaking work demonstrates that there are three distinct categories of school shooters. His insightful exploration identifies multiple factors that converge to turn kids into killers. The book classifies ten school shooters within a three-part typology: psychopathic, psychotic, or traumatized. The ten school shooters are known for their killings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and other schools. The book also looks at five adolescents who are in Langman's care for they were at risk for committing school shootings. The potential shooters are compared with the ten actual shooters. The book ends with a chapter that addresses the prevention of school shootings and how to identify potential shooters.

The Center for Leadership and Service and Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology are sponsoring this event.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor Dr. Michelle Schmidt or call 610-861-1606.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.