New details about the attack at Seattle Pacific University indicate that Aaron Ybarra had long struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues. Still, authorities did not find reason to detain him.
Police say a gruesome attack by 12-year-old girls on a friend was to please the Slender Man – a mythical, online monster linked to a horror site. His popularity touches on deeper questions about why people embrace the disturbing.
While trying to draw a straight line between Hollywood and violence is simplistic and potentially counter-productive, say some experts, it is also important not to dismiss the relationship out of hand.
Elliot Rodger: Three weeks before he stabbed and shot six people to death and then apparently took his own life, the 22-year-old sometime college student was questioned by sheriff's deputies outside his apartment and was able to convince them he was calm, courteous, and no threat to anyone.
As the nation learns of a school stabbing in Pennsylvania and prepares to mark the 15th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, a question creeps into mind: Are parents and kids used to bracing for violence in schools?
Police in Roswell, N.M., are investigating reports that the alleged 12-year-old shooter at Berrendo Middle School may have told some students to stay away. Experts say this could be a typical bid for social status.
Rather than surrounding Arapahoe High School after reports of a school shooting, law enforcement officers moved quickly inside to confront the shooter. Following established protocols, teachers went into immediate classroom lock-down.