crimpaper1 - Julie Gilbert March 31, 2008 CCJS105, Section...

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Julie Gilbert March 31, 2008 CCJS105, Section 0103 UID: 109367035 Paper # 1: General Strain Theory applied to Virginia Tech Shooter On April 16, 2007, a horrible tragedy occurred at Virginia Polytechnic Institute . A 23- year-old student named Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people in a violent shooting rampage . Officials report that he chained doors to a dormitory closed and fired over 100 shots that eventually resulted in 32 deaths . Police that arrived on the scene were able to cut the chains, to enter the building . When Cho became aware of the arrival of the police, he shot himself. He was believed to be suffering from a mental illness, as he had spent time in a psychiatric facility and had a troubled mental history . However, the doctor who treated him at the facility believed he was not a danger to himself or others . He also lived with five other students who never had any idea he was mentally ill . His rage was forced out of him and violence ensued. In this way, one can see that Robert Agnew’s General Strain Theory can best justify Cho’s crimes . Strain Theory states that humans are social beings that follow the norms of society and are naturally compliant . Humans have to be motivated to commit crime. This motivation is the strain in their lives, which can be caused by stress . Agnew’s General Strain Theory states that this stress is a result of a removal of a positive stimulus, for example, a loss of a loved one or
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course CCJS 105 taught by Professor Mcgoin during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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