Recent School Violence: Were The Signs Missed?

USC faculty are constantly in the forefront in the wake of everyday tragedies, supporting communities in crisis and lending expert opinions. As this story continues to unfold, please take a moment to read a reflection on the signs that were missed from Ron Avi Astor, a school violence expert and professor of social work and education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The following article, “School stabbing: Were warning signs missed?” was written by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, and was originally posted on The Christian Science Monitor on April 10, 2014.

School stabbing: Were warning signs missed?

Was Alex Hribal a quiet, well-liked kid with nothing in his past that could foreshadow the stabbing rampage he’s accused of carrying out at his high school? Or did he have enough conflict in his life to give signs that something ominous was brewing?

Various reports are emerging one day into the search for answers after Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., became the latest school to suffer a mass attack on its students. Alex, 16, has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a weapon at school. He’s being held without bail and will have a preliminary hearing April 30.

Continue reading this article on The Christian Science Monitor website.