Students are getting on with living and learning at VA Tech
Lantern has published one books that does well when things in the world go badly: No Easy Answers
, a well-told, thoughtful, and insightful discussion of the Columbine High School killings of 1999.
Every time there's a school shooting
, people turn to No Easy Answers
. In the office we talk about this response, and cringe a little. But the reality is that people need this book. They need to understand what can turn angst into murder. When unfathomable events happen, it's natural to want to dissect them, to study them, and to take steps to avoid the disaster happening again. The book doesn't let anyone off easy, instead calling for people to examine their own behavior, and the behavior that they endorse or excuse.
One Political Science professor at Virginia Tech took preventative measures, and 300 students read No Easy Answers
in their introductory course. When this sort of non-violence education
is made formal (especially in wounded atmospheres like VA Tech
), we feel quite good about it. No cringing this time.
The American Mental Health Foundation Press
has made part of its mission to examine the issue of violence through publishing the work of Dr. Raymond B. Flannery
. Dr. Flannery has spent his career examining the issue of violence, among youth and others, and attempting to explore why it occurs and how it might be prevented.
One question that needs to be answered is why the school shooters are invariably male. In recent years, Lantern has found itself turning to this question of the adolescent male and the problems that affect them. Boys Will Be Boys
is a book about what factors influence aggression and violence in American males. It also provides descriptions and proposals for interventions, social action, and solutions to stop the violence. Working at the intersection of the men's movement and adolescent detention centers, Brad Fern and Tom Lutz explore in Ashes to Gold
the rites of passage (or lack thereof) that troubled male teens must pass through in order to understand themselves. Filled with extraordinarily moving stories of boys who have experienced enormous trauma, Ashes to Gold
is essential reading for those who would understand the great pressure that boys are under in today's society, and how vulnerable they are.
Finally, another book that's a kind of antidote. Violence can take other forms—the kind that's meted out upon you when you resist violence and the kind you see every day on television and on dinner plates. That's why Aftershock
is an excellent, even necessary, book for those contemplating direct action to stop violence.