Item description for Shooter in the Sky : The Inner World Of Children Who Kill by Lauren J. Woodhouse...
High school student Harold Connally feels alienated from his peers, misunderstood by his parents, and isolated from the world. He is his only friend. Worst of all, he feels that he deserves this extreme rejection. In sheer desperation, he steals his father's gun, and in cold blood, kills his parents and embarks upon a shooting spree at his school. What pushed him over the edge? What happens to children who kill?
In this gripping composite biography of a teenager who kills, psychologist Lauren Woodhouse, Ph.D., D. Psy., has drawn from her extensive work with teen killers and their victims. Shooter in the Sky expresses, from the child's own tormented inner perspective, and in his own raw language, what drove him to kill. This landmark book tells what children who have actually killed say they want adults to know. Designed for use by parents, teachers, and psychologists, this vital and thought-provoking book offers the basis for opening that dialogue.
Despite the fact that teen violence is becoming epidemic, the subject is rarely discussed with children. A recent Secret Service study shows that children who kill often discuss their plans with other children, but almost never with adults. No parent wants to think of their child as a potential killer. Consequently, they never discuss the subject among themselves or with their children. Shooter in the Sky has a mission:
* To allow adolescents to identify in a real and honest way with frustrations they feel.
* To support communication between adolescents and adults, thereby making it possible for them to have open discussions on this difficult topic.
* To allow children to share their opinions and feelings about teen violence with their peers inside or outside a classroom setting.
* To portray a real, honest representation of the horrors children may face if they give in to their frustrations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2001
Publisher Corinthian Books
ISBN 1929175132 ISBN13 9781929175130
Reviews - What do customers think about Shooter in the Sky : The Inner World Of Children Who Kill?
READ IT - AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND, AND ACT! Mar 6, 2001
Again, we have been hit. All of us. Another school, this time San Diego. And another boy who was mocked and abused and taunted until he even told people what he was going to do. All the tenets we need to have to understand the inner world of THIS boy are in Shooter. The book is a handbook on a sad and lonely psyche in a boy unafraid of finally lashing out. If school boards won't get this in the schools for discussion, let the parents chip in and get it in in truck loads! I wonder where the author is tonight - and if she wishes we would listen? Bless the children as we sit idly by when there is this first, pioneering, and excellent book on WHY!
psychological detail, fine art, and first, useful tool Feb 14, 2001
I am close to retiring as a scondary school principal and I was as impressed when I read this fine book the second time as I was the first time through. As a once English teacher, I presume to say that this author is an important writer, and an invaluable social critic as well. The detail she provided of this boy's psyche are invaluable to us and, when we think about it, we should have inferred some aspects of "his" psychological pain from various behaviors. But the author has handed us the boy's pain and his wishes on a silver platter. The questions she has included are perfectly pertinent and, I might add indicative of her thoughtfulness. The questions have been clearly thought out so as to be useful, not inciting.
I will be recommending that this book become part of a social studies curriculum. However, were I younger, and my career in mid gear, I would insist on it. What is the saying? "God, save the children"? This exzcellent book could help us to save at least a few. Mrs. H. Mason
WISH I COULD TALK TO THE WRITER Feb 14, 2001
I'm a kid, but I'm 17 and I know exactly what Harold felt. Most of my friends either still feel or have felt the same way. How come Dr. Woodhouse knew this? The book made me cry so I won't put my name here but my counsellor said that was good and wants to read Shooter in The Skie with me, in parts. But I want to save it because there are certain pages I have saved so that I can read them when I feel alone. I thought I was crazy. I think a lot of kids do. I wish we had this book as an assignment in, may be, grade 9 and we could write our answers. I gace it to my sister and my mom read it. I just wonder if the writer, who seems really smart and honest, had to make an okay ending or parents and teachers would freak! I think Harold would have gone, but gone peacefully. Maybe not. Thanks for giving this to me, Mrs. Woodhouse. I wish I could talk to you. R.T. (student)
Captures the Complex Psychology of a Child Criminal Feb 8, 2001
As a criminal lawyer I was intrigued to read Shooter on a cross-country flight. As the author would know, most of these kids are first-time offenders, going straight to murder. Dr. Woodhouse captures the torment and confusion that set in when they realise what they have done. Most of them have never seen the inside of a police station, let alone a prison, let alone a maximum security prison. Among the other extremely important issues that this book deals with in such a fine, readable story, is the mess we have made of dealing with our youthful offenders. The boy in this book is not unusual. He should not have been where he was, but this is what we are doing with 13 to 15 year olds who snap. I wish everyone involved with family court, youth offenders, and the related legislation and sentencing would read this pioneering book. The author is a hard-nosed criminologist taking us through this story and process with the artistry and care of a poet. Congratulations to the author, but also to the publisher for being smart, brave and sufficiently prescient to publish this fundamentally informative book. WE NEED MORE OF THE SAME!!
Exceptional Reading Feb 1, 2001
The book is so revealing. "Shooter" opens the door to a subject we have been discussing from behind many, many doors, both socially and institutionally. The author, Dr. Woodhouse, obviously possesses the very rare ability to feel, understand, and to explain the complex emotional and mental make up of her fellow human beings. I have seen her do it in person, as a presenter. Now, I have experienced her curious acumen in her writing. I bought HARD LESSONS for my family to increase the chances of staying in touch with our children - my nephews and nieces included. I bought SHOOTER IN THE SKY to take us all a step further toward sensing and feeling their pain before they become either a potential victim or just another kid in serious pain and isolation. Thank you again, Dr. Lauren.