Thanks to the ever-handy internet, we can access a world timeline of school shootings:
This seems to show that, yes, February, March and April are particularly dangerous months, though September can be a little risky, too.
All this comes to mind because of a shooting incident today in Chardon, Ohio. One student was killed and four others wounded when a typical “outcast, Goth, bullied” fellow student opened fire.
Faculty immediately locked down the building, limiting casualties, and police quickly arrested the young criminal.
The would-be killer apparently Tweeted his intentions beforehand, but no one took him seriously, which illustrates that sort of communication should always be treated seriously.
I once read an essay that said films and television have fundamentally changed our brains because their relentless single point of view implies a world where other people are no more than bit players in one’s own biography. That seems to be clearly the case with school-age nutjobs who try to massacre their peers.