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A case study is presented of a 22-year-old student mass murderer who stabbed or shot
to death 6 college students and wounded 14 others. Because he left a lengthy autobiographical
“manifesto” and social media posts, and an extensive law enforcement
investigation ensued, a significant amount of information exists to examine the case.
In the 1980s, a series of shootings by disgruntled US postal workers and other
employees focused media attention on acts of violence in the workplace. Over the
past 3 decades, researchers have shed light onto the types of violence that occur in
the workplace, the characteristics of individuals who engage in workplace violence,
and the contextual factors that may escalate or mitigate the risk of violence.
Workplace or campus violence typically conjures images of mass murder by disgruntled employees or students. Although rare, the potential for these catastrophes cannot be ignored, and the disruption otherwise caused by threat scenarios is common and costly.