Peter Langman is a psychologist, author and trainer with expertise in the psychology of school shooters.
He has given presentations and provided training to numerous organizations including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the US State Department.
His recommendations on preventing school shootings were presented by the CEO of the American Psychological Association to President Obama. His research on school shooters has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill, and he was recently invited by the Department of Homeland Security to participate in the 2018 National School Security Roundtable.
He is the author of a number of books including “School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators”, and “Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters”, the latter of which was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2009 by the American Library Association.
Peter is also the man behind SchoolShooters.info, an online database of 400 documents, totalling over 60,000 pages profiling more than 100 perpetrators of school shootings.
In today’s episode we explore some of the myths and misconceptions about school shooters, some of the common traits, histories and motivations of the perpetrators, the influence of trauma and mental illness in shaping their personalities, and what can be done at the social and psychological level to prevent such incidents.
SchoolShooters.info – Resources on school shootings, perpetrators, and prevention